Report shows Torfaen's mixed results

THERE is uncertainty as to whether Torfaen council’s performance will continuously improve this financial year according to the annual improvement report produced by the Welsh Audit Office.

Each year, the Auditor General for Wales reports on how well Welsh councils are planning for improvement in delivering their services.

But it is uncertain whether the council is likely to make arrangements to secure continuous improvement for 2014-15, according to the improvement report, published yesterday.

The Welsh Audit Office found that in 2012-13 Torfaen council’s performance had been mixed. Some services had not delivered the required improvements at the necessary pace.

The 2014 report said whilst improvements have been made to support families and children to get through the recession, further progress is needed in delivering sustainable improvements in education attainment.

Also that the council’s performance in protecting the most vulnerable adults is mixed though a majority of measures are improving.

It's performance on ensuring its resources are used wisely has been mixed with performance on reducing waste declining. The council has made mixed progress in delivering improvements on measures comparable with other councils. It is good at managing its budget and delivers essential services with less money but it needs to strengthen how it evaluates the impact of savings for services to remain sustainable in the future.

Also the council is making progress in its Welsh language provision but further improvement is needed.

The council is required by the Welsh Government to make plans to improve its functions and the services it provides and a set of improvement objectives have been set.

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12:56pm Fri 13 Jun 14

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This report is a load of nonsense, of course Torfaen is making good progress in it's Welsh language provision! it was forced into spending thousands of pounds to make the website bi-lingual at the same time cutting the budget for care to the elderly and chucking bereaved relatives possessions in the skip. With parts of the council services still in special measures from the past few years, there's not much further it can fall. The whole council needs to be scrapped, Bob and his cronies need to stop filling in those expense forms and do the decent thing and resign. Year after year they have failed and they pay the top executives hundreds of thousands of pounds each year to carry on making the same mistakes, like the recent IT fraud trial, which highlighted not only the councils incompetence in legal matters, but also the millions of pounds they waste in paying for products they either haven't received or didn't want.
This report is a load of nonsense, of course Torfaen is making good progress in it's Welsh language provision! it was forced into spending thousands of pounds to make the website bi-lingual at the same time cutting the budget for care to the elderly and chucking bereaved relatives possessions in the skip. With parts of the council services still in special measures from the past few years, there's not much further it can fall. The whole council needs to be scrapped, Bob and his cronies need to stop filling in those expense forms and do the decent thing and resign. Year after year they have failed and they pay the top executives hundreds of thousands of pounds each year to carry on making the same mistakes, like the recent IT fraud trial, which highlighted not only the councils incompetence in legal matters, but also the millions of pounds they waste in paying for products they either haven't received or didn't want. Sometimes
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