Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
AUDIT COMMITTEE: 23RD FEBRUARY, 2012
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 15TH FEBRUARY, 2012
"C1613 AUDITOR GENERAL FOR WALES: ANNUAL IMPROVEMENT REPORT 2012 (L) (SCRUTINY - CORPORATE RESOURCES) -
The Council's Corporate Assessment had been reported to Cabinet in October 2011 and subsequently to the Audit Committee in December 2011. The Wales Audit Office's Performance Assessment of the Council was contained within the Auditor General's Annual Improvement Report. The Annual Improvement Report 2012, as appended, focussed on key elements of corporate management arrangements that underpinned the way the Council was able to make effective use of its resources and the outcome of its activity in specific areas. A summary of the report's conclusions was contained within paragraph 6 as outlined below:
the Council had strong corporate management arrangements in place and was securing improvement across a range of services
effective financial management, good use of information technology and strengths in people management
much to do to improve the management of its land and property and performance for delivering Disabled Facilities Grants remained poor despite improvements in recent years
good arrangements in place for setting its objectives and monitoring delivery of actions.
The report made the following two proposals for improvement:
P1 continue the development of outcome focussed measures moving from reporting arrangements that primarily focussed on performance indicators and on the completion or otherwise of an action and ensuring that intentions were expressed in a way which allowed the progress to be measured and that reporting arrangements consistently provided Members with an evaluation of performance in the context of the objective the Council was aiming to achieve
P2 implement specific proposals for improvement arising from the reviews of Human Resources, Asset Management and Disabled Facilities Grants.
Further details were contained within the report of significant efforts which continued to be made corporately to improve upon delivery times for Disabled Facilities Grants for all clients. In light of ongoing service developments, it was anticipated that the Council would achieve the current Welsh average performance by 31st March, 2013.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the report be noted.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) and Audit Committee.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To keep Cabinet apprised.
(2) To provide for scrutiny and review of the Auditor General's Improvement Assessment report."
Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 15th February, 2012