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Council welcomes its annual report from the Wales Audit Office

Published: 11/03/2015

An annual external report on Flintshire County Council released today (Wednesday 11 March) shows that the Council is a well run and efficient public authority which continues to perform well. The Council has welcomed its Annual Improvement Report published by the Wales Audit Office (WAO). The conclusions are largely positive, with the external regulators confident that the Council’s strong track record enables it to be well placed to face up to future financial challenges. The report shows that the Council is free of regulatory concern and Government intervention during a difficult time for local government. Flintshire County Council has made good overall progress in delivering its improvement priorities and shows strong performance across a number of service areas. The performance of the County’s schools is particularly highlighted as providing good value for money. The Council’s work to help mitigate the impact of cuts to welfare benefits and to reduce fuel poverty is also praised. Welcoming the report, Cllr Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council, said: “This latest report by the Councils external auditors highlights how well Flintshire County Council continues to perform. Under the current administration, the Council has improved in all areas highlighted by Wales Audit Office for attention in the last three years. Despite the intense financial pressures, Flintshire is continuing to deliver on its priorities: housing, social care, education and the economy. Colin Everett, Chief Executive, added: “We can take satisfaction that Flintshire is improving year on year. We are a high performing Council and one which is cost efficient; we are not complacent and always strive to improve. However, the financial future concerns us greatly and it will be a major challenge to hold this position with no end to the considerable reductions in our funding.