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Torfaen AM and Cabinet Secretary for Local Government Mark Drakeford have paid tribute to the leadership and hard work of staff at Torfaen County Borough Council.
During Cabinet Secretary questions today [Wednesday 21 September] Torfaen’s Assembly Member, Lynne Neagle, took the opportunity to raise the recent Wales Audit Office corporate assessment report with the Secretary.
The report shows that the council is demonstrating open and inclusive leadership and a learning culture in developing a new corporate strategy.
The report also found that the council has generally effective and transparent governance arrangements in place and is actively working further to improve them.
Given the pressures and cuts that have been, and continue to be, forced on local governments by the Tory UK Government, Torfaen Council have demonstrated how hard work and dedication by all staff ensures the best possible service for Torfaen residents.
Speaking in the Chamber, Lynne Neagle AM said:
“Despite the best efforts of the Welsh Government to protect local government in Wales from the impact of UK Government budget cuts, Torfaen, like all local authorities in Wales, is having to work incredibly hard in very challenging financial circumstances to deliver public services locally.”
“Will you therefore join me in congratulating Torfaen Council on its recent Wales Audit Office report in which the council was described as having a clear strategic vision, driven by open and inclusive leadership and actively developing its corporate arrangements to deliver improved outcomes?”
Responding to Lynne Neagle, the Cabinet Secretary said:
“Well, I thank the Member for that. Let me begin by agreeing with what she said at the start of her question. Any Members here who’ve seen the recent Institute for Fiscal Studies report with its account of what it calls the extraordinary impact of 11 successive years of cuts to budgets for public services in Wales, will recognise what she said about the pressures that that brings to local authorities.”
“I was very pleased indeed to see the Wales Audit Office report. It followed a very positive report on the Vale of Glamorgan. Hugh Vaughan Thomas, the Chief of the Wales Audit Office, said of Torfaen that this was ‘a very positive report that Torfaen Council should be proud of.’”
“I’m very pleased to pay tribute to the leadership of that council and the very hard work that those who work for it do every single day to provide services to the people of Torfaen.”