15 June 2017
Council continues to improve and meet obligations, according to independent auditor
Wrexham Council is meeting its targets and continuing to improve, and has a “clear vision and strategy” for the future.
That’s just one of the positive verdicts outlined in the Annual Improvement Report 2016-17, compiled and published by the Wales Audit Office.
The yearly report requires the Auditor General for Wales to look at the council’s operations and arrangements and comment on five key areas:
- Governance – How the Council is run and what it does to make that running more effective;
- Use of resources – How the Council ensures any money it spends is spent properly, securely and efficiently; and also how well it saves money for the future where it can;
- The local risk-based performance audit – How the Council manages long-term risks which could affect service delivery;
- Improvement planning and reporting – Where the Council is improving;
- Reviews by inspection and regulation bodies – Reports from other inspection bodies into the Council’s performance.
Cllr Mark Pritchard, Leader of the Council and Lead Member for Finance, Performance, Health and Safety and Governance, welcomed the findings of the report.
Cllr Pritchard said: “I am, of course, incredibly pleased with the Annual Improvement Report – it’s an excellent sign of confidence in us at Wrexham Council and our continued commitment to improvement.
“I was very pleased to note that the report reflects on our clear vision and the inclusivity of our processes towards service changes, in which stakeholders are consulted and in which we encourage those affected by such changes to engage with the decision-making progress.
Cllr Pritchard added: “I want to thank everyone at Wrexham Council –staff and members alike – for their continued commitment to the improvement of the council and service delivery in the Wrexham County Borough.
“It’s a challenging time for public services at the moment. Recent years have seen a sea-change in the role of the public sector in Wales and those changes are likely to continue as resources tighten and demographics shift.
“But I’m always heartened to see that we continue to make good strides in the right direction, and as such I welcome the Annual Improvement Report.”