Watchdog queries how Newport councillors held to account

A REPORT from the Wales Audit Office has raised questions over how cabinet members on Newport council are held to account.

The audit body’s annual improvement report on Newport council has criticised how elected members have been given information by the council, and said it was unclear how cabinet members are appraised.

The report, which covers 2012-13 through until 2013-14, says the authority has progressed in achieving its objectives to improve, and its education service mostly performs at or above expected levels.

But it says the council is not achieving everything it set out to do in other key services.

The report re-iterates six recommendations previously given to the council by the WAO, including that the authority should ensure that elected members are provided with robust information at the earliest opportunity “to enable them to inform, take and challenge choices and decisions effectively.”

Auditors said that during 2012-13 members were “not always engaged in considering the full range of options and implications in a balanced and timely way to effective challenges and to make informed decisions.”

Auditors explained: “Cabinet members have delegated decision-making powers and responsibilities but it was unclear how they are appraised or held to account for their performance and portfolio responsibilities.”

The report will be considered by cabinet at its meeting on Monday.

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3:37pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

Things are pretty serious when the Auditors make a public report and they have to reiterate what they said before. Our dear Leader Bob is presiding over all of this and should explain himself.
Things are pretty serious when the Auditors make a public report and they have to reiterate what they said before. Our dear Leader Bob is presiding over all of this and should explain himself. Woodgnome
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9:11am Sun 6 Jul 14

Abertillery29 says...

What do you expect of a Labour run council? Knowledge is power and it is why they tell fellow councillors and the general public as little as possible. As for the Auditors thinking that councillors should be accountable - thats living in 'cloud cuckoo land'.
What do you expect of a Labour run council? Knowledge is power and it is why they tell fellow councillors and the general public as little as possible. As for the Auditors thinking that councillors should be accountable - thats living in 'cloud cuckoo land'. Abertillery29
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