The report covers the delivery and evaluation of services of Newport City Council in relation to 2012-13,and its planning of improvement for 2013-14.
In 2012-13, the Council made progress in delivering its improvement objectives and its education service mostly performs at or above expected
levels, but the Council is not achieving everything it set out to do in some other key services.The Council’s evaluation and reporting of its performance improved in 2012-13 but governance and data quality arrangements needed to be strengthened. During 2013-14 the Council was at a pivotal point as it began to address longstanding weaknesses in arrangements that underpinned improvement and, with wider ownership and strengthened capacity, it had the potential to achieve the scale and pace of changes required. The Council is likely to make arrangements to secure continuous improvement for 2014-15 if it continues to maintain the pace of change.