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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Audit Committee 25th February 2013

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

Update on the Regulatory Programme for Performance Audit 2012-13

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To present to Members an update on the Regulatory Programme this is produced by the Wales Audit Office.

Recommendation

That Audit Committee:

 

1.         Note the update on the Regulatory Programme for Performance Audit 2012-13.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.         In order to review and progress the regulatory work programme.

Background

2.             The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 and the Local Government Act 1999 requires the Auditor General to carry out an annual Improvement Assessment to determine whether the Vale of Glamorgan is likely to comply with the requirements of Part 1 of the measure. This involves

          - a review of the Council's arrangements to secure continuous improvement;

          - improvement studies of areas which may hinder improvement or transformation or give rise to inefficiencies;

          - bespoke pieces of work related to the Council's improvement objectives and arrangements; and

          - an audit of the Council's published improvement plans and its self assessment of performance.

3.             The Regulatory Plan outlines work to be undertaken in the council during April 2012 and March 2013 by and on behalf of the Auditor General under the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 and Parts 2 and 3A of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             A copy of the Regulatory Programme update is attached at Appendix 1.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

5.             The implementation of the Regulatory Plan requires considerable staff resources. The recommendations of audit and inspection can also place burdens on both financial and staff resources. In common with all other local authorities, the Council will be considering some painful options for future service delivery given current and likely future settlements.

6.             The proposed Wales Audit Office fees for work associated with their Regulatory Programme for Performance Audit in 2012-13 is £133,300 (plus VAT) and will be charged in equal instalments between April 2012 and March 2013.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

7.             None directly from this Regulatory Plan.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.             The Council has a duty to improve under the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 and the Local Government Act 1999.

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.             None directly from this Regulatory Plan.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.        None directly from this Regulatory Plan.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.        Service improvement has clear links to the Council's role in community leadership as outlined in the Corporate Plan 2010/2014

Policy Framework and Budget

12.        This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.        None at this stage.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.        Corporate Resources

Background Papers

Vale of Glamorgan Regulatory Programme for Performance Audit 2012-13

Contact Officer

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development

Officers Consulted

Corporate Management Team

Head of Accountancy and Resource Management

OM for Corporate Policy and Communications

Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies, Managing Director