Monmouthshire continues trend of effective council services
Monmouthshire County Council has delivered improvements in more than 80% of the measures used to assess the performance of Welsh local authorities. This is one of the headline messages in the council’s annual improvement plan ‘How We Performed in 2014-15’.
The council’s annual improvement plan has been published on its website monmouthshire.gov.uk with printed summaries available in its one-stop-shops in Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow, Monmouth and Usk. Overall, the plan shows improvements are being made in services while acknowledging that more needs to be done to deliver progress in some areas and ensuring that savings are made so that the council can deliver a balanced budget.
Improvements reflect better results at key stages of education; reductions in the numbers of people delayed in hospital while social care arrangements are made and maintaining a high recycling rate. The council has also seen, for the third consecutive year, a reduction in indicators ranked among the lowest performing local authorities in Wales.
Commenting after councillors agreed the plan, Council Leader Peter Fox said:
“I am pleased to see a significant improvement in performance across so many of our services. It is also pleasing that we have improved our performance compared to other councils in Wales. While we publish this report once a year, we look at the performance of our services continually and we recognise that there are still service areas that require improvement. We will work hard to achieve this despite reducing budgets, increasing demand and the rural nature of the county. We have listened to the public and our Partnership Continuance Agreement clearly sets the direction of the council for the next two years and reaffirms our commitment to building sustainable and resilient communities.”
Residents, businesses and organisations can comment and download a copy of the plan on the council’s website at www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/improvement as well as joining the discussion on Twitter@monmouthshireCC.