Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 8TH APRIL, 2013
REFERENCE FROM AUDIT COMMITTEE: 25TH FEBRUARY, 2013
“ AUDITOR GENERAL FOR WALES: IMPROVEMENT ASSESSMENT AUDIT LETTER (HARM) –
Committee were advised of the results of the audit and assessment work by the Auditor General for Wales (AGW) in relation to whether the Council had discharged its duties and met the requirements of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 (“the Measure”).
The AGW had a duty under the Measure to undertake and report upon his audit and assessment work in relation to whether the Vale of Glamorgan Council (the Council) had discharged its duties and met the requirements of the Measure.
Specifically, this included the AGW’s views on:
· whether the Council had discharged its statutory duties in respect of improvement reporting
· the Council’s arrangements to undertake effective self evaluation
· further proposals for improvement and / or recommendations.
The AGW’s letter was attached at Appendix A to the report. Matters of note included:
· The Council had discharged its improvement reporting duties under the Measure. There was scope for the Council to act more in accordance with Welsh Government guidance by:
- Explaining more fully on how the Council had evaluated its performance e.g. peer reviews ,scrutiny assessment or benchmarking
- Performance indicators were the prime measure of achievement used in the Plan, however other methods used and developed by the Council should be utilised in the future to present a fuller picture of service quality and of users’ experiences.
- The Council should include assessment of performance against other comparable bodies.
- Reporting on collaboration should also include details of whether a collaborative activity had achieved its intended outcome and whether collaboration supported the achievement of improvement objectives.
· The Council was improving its performance reporting arrangements by developing outcome-focused measures but the information available for 2011/12 meant the Plan could not provide a complete picture of performance and there was scope to make the Plan more readily accessible.
· No proposals for improvement were being made in the letter however the AGW would continue to monitor and report on the progress made by the Council in implementing the proposals set out in previous reports and letters.
RECOMMENDED – T H A T the results of the Improvement Assessment and Audit be noted and that the contents of the Auditor General’s letter be referred to Cabinet for noting and action, where necessary.
Reason for recommendation
To keep the Audit Committee apprised and to provide for scrutiny and review of the Auditor General’s letter.”
Attached as Appendix - Report to Audit Committee: 25th February 2013