Denbighshire Council welcomes annual audit report

Denbighshire County Council has welcomed the findings of the annual improvement report published by the Wales Audit Office.

The report’s main conclusion is that “good leadership is driving change, making the council well placed to continue to improve”.

It states that “the council’s leadership is making a difference, doing its best to work in partnership with partners and has got better at stating clear priorities and policies. It is also improving the way that it plans and reports on progress”.

The report highlights some areas for improvement and says the council needs to make better use of its funding, buildings and land.

Leader of Denbighshire, Councillor Hugh Evans, said: “We believe that this report reflects a true picture of the situation in Denbighshire. We are aiming to be a high performing council that is closer to the community and this report acknowledges the tremendous amount of work that has gone on towards achieving this vision.

“With less funding coming from the Welsh Assembly Government, the council has faced the challenge of finding efficiencies whilst continuing to deliver a front line service that the residents of Denbighshire want and expect.  The current  Big Debate consultation regarding the budget is an example of how the council wants to listen to the views of residents about council services and this has been given a special mention in the report.

“We are proud of the improvements made in many areas of our work, including education, waste collection and recycling, to name but a few. But we also acknowledge there is room for improvement in other areas of our work.

“We will not become complacent as we continue our efforts towards becoming a high performing council.  We will continue to look at more effective and efficient ways of working as we meet the challenge of change with more confidence, energy and commitment than ever before.”

The full report can be found on the Wales Audit Office’s website: www.wao.gov.uk.

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