Three year strategy builds on stakeholder feedback

8 Apr 2013 - 12:00am

Auditor General for Wales publishes 2013-16 strategy.

The Auditor General for Wales has today published his 'Strategy for the Auditor General for Wales and the Wales Audit Office 2013-16'.

Mr Huw Vaughan Thomas explained: 

"My vision, as Auditor General for Wales, is for the people of Wales to be clear about how public money is being spent on their behalf.  I want the Wales Audit Office to be recognised as a well-governed and effective organisation that offers  helpful insights and encouragement to public bodies on how they can improve services.

"Our strategy builds on the feedback we received from a wide range of stakeholders, on what would enable the Wales Audit Office to play its full part in supporting well-managed and accountable public services that deliver the best possible value for money for the people of Wales.

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Auditor General for Wales publishes 2013-16 strategy

The Auditor General for Wales has today published his 'Strategy for the Auditor General for Wales and the Wales Audit Office 2013-16'.

Mr Huw Vaughan Thomas explained: 

"My vision, as Auditor General for Wales, is for the people of Wales to be clear about how public money is being spent on their behalf.  I want the Wales Audit Office to be recognised as a well-governed and effective organisation that offers  helpful insights and encouragement to public bodies on how they can improve services.

"Our strategy builds on the feedback we received from a wide range of stakeholders, on what would enable the Wales Audit Office to play its full part in supporting well-managed and accountable public services that deliver the best possible value for money for the people of Wales."

After completing an analysis of the environment in which Welsh public services are operating, the Auditor General consulted on seven main strategic aims which would define the Wales Audit Office's approach to public audit until 2016:

  • Undertake audit work with an austerity emphasis
  • Enhance work on benchmarking and performance comparison, sharing of audit knowledge and exchange of good practice
  • Provide further assurance on the effectiveness of governance arrangements and other issues of public interest
  • Report more comprehensively on sustainable development, including on equality and use of the Welsh language
  • Work more closely with other external review bodies and improving the running of the business through a period of transition
  • Increase awareness of and engagement with the work of the Wales Audit Office, including through more effective use of information technology.

The Auditor General for Wales continued: 

"We have modified some elements of the Strategy in light of the very helpful comments we received.  These changes brought into sharper focus some key issues such as the role of partnerships in delivery.

"We have also developed a suite of success measures against which we, and others, can evaluate our progress in achieving the Strategy. We will be commissioning external support to evaluate this progress and the impact that we make for citizens."

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Notes to Editors:

  • The Auditor General and the auditors he appoints in local government are the independent statutory external auditors of most of the Welsh public sector. They are responsible for the annual audit of the majority of public money spent in Wales, including the £14 billion of funds that are voted to Wales annually by the Westminster Parliament. Elements of this funding are passed by the Welsh Government to the NHS in Wales (over £5 billion) and to local government (nearly £4 billion).
  • The Wales Audit Office mission is to promote improvement, so that people in Wales benefit from accountable, well-managed public services that offer the best possible value for money. It is also committed to identify and spreading good practice across the Welsh public sector.
  • The Wales Audit Office mission is to promote improvement, so that people in Wales benefit from accountable, well-managed public services that offer the best possible value for money. It is also committed to identify and spreading good practice across the Welsh public sector.