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WELSH AUDIT REVEALS TOO MUCH FLEXIBILITY

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Auditors are finding it 'nearly impossible' to compare Welsh councils, because authorities have made such wide use ...
Auditors are finding it 'nearly impossible' to compare Welsh councils, because authorities have made such wide use of the country's improvement programme flexibilities.

This finding has come from the Wales Audit Office's annual report on the programme, which assesses best value performance plans.

Flexibility had been important in winning councils' acceptance of the programme but 'as a consequence, it is difficult to comprehensively and consistently demonstrate improvement', the report says.

As a result auditor general Jeremy Colman said the Welsh Assembly government and councils should agree 'a common, balanced, broad set of measures covering all services and corporate functions'.

The programme judges the risk that councils could fail to meet strategic objectives, provide services, fulfil their statutory duties or seek continuous improvement.
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