THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 12TH MAY, 2014
REFERENCE FROM AUDIT COMMITTEE: 6TH FEBRUARY, 2014
804 AUDITOR GENERAL FOR WALES: IMPROVEMENT ASSESSMENT LETTER DECEMBER 2013 (MD) -
Committee were advised of the results of the assessment by the Auditor General for Wales in relation to whether the Council had discharged its statutory duties in respect of improvement planning.
A copy of the Auditor General’s letter was attached at Appendix 1 to the report. In summary the Auditor General found that:
the Council approved and published its Annual Review of Performance 2012/13 within the statutory deadline of 31st October, 2013
the Review assessed the Council’s performance in the preceding financial year (2012-13)
the Review included details on performance and comparisons as measured by some national statutory performance indicators and the Council subsequently provided a link to all the national statutory performance indicators which it routinely published
the Review included a section outlining the key collaborative activities the Council was involved in and a summary of progress in achieving their outcomes
the Review was available in the English and Welsh in hard copy and on the Council’s website.
No further recommendations for improvement were made, although there were comments that there was scope to refine arrangements by:
ensuring the report set out how the Council had sought to discharge its duties under the Measure
further extending the use of a wider evidence base to strengthen the Council’s evaluation of performance. The review had made use of case studies and included reference to more qualitative information than in the previous year but the predominant evidence used was still quantitive performance indicators.
Extending the use of comparative information including historic performance and more targeted comparisons with other similar Councils and outlining what the Council had done in light of this information.
(1) T H A T the contents of the report be noted.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to Cabinet for information purposes.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To keep Audit Committee informed.
(2) To provide for scrutiny and review of the Auditor General’s letter.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Audit Committee: 6th February, 2014