Securing Continuous Improvement

The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 came into force in April 2010. It redefines the duty placed on the council to make arrangements to secure continuous improvement and account for it.

The Auditor General is required by the new legislation to undertake an Annual Improvement Assessment of Council. To fulfil this requirement, the Wales Audit Office (WAO) has to undertake a:

  • Corporate Assessment – a forward-looking assessment of an authority’s likelihood to comply with its duty to make arrangements to secure continuous improvement;
  • Performance Assessment – a retrospective assessment of whether an authority has achieved its planned improvements in order to inform a view as to the authority’s track record of improvement.

Taken together these two assessments form the basis of an annual report to citizens, known as the Annual Improvement Report.

This report is a means of explaining how well the council is doing in improving services. The report sets out what the council is trying to achieve, how it is going about it and proposals for achieving these improvements.

Not all services the council provides are covered by the WAO’s Annual Improvement Report. The focus is on a small number of things the council has chosen as its priorities for improvement for that particular year.

Current and previous years Annual Improvement Reports for the council is are available to view below:

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Improvement Team

Tel: 01495 742158

Email: improvement@torfaen.gov.uk

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