The report covers Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council’s (the Council) delivery and evaluation of services in relation to 2012-13, its planning of improvement for 2013-14 and, taking these into account, records the Auditor General’s conclusion on whether he believes that the Council will make arrangements to secure continuous improvement for 2014-15.
The Council is responding well to issues raised by regulators by driving improvement in its education and social services, but faces a significant challenge in meeting national targets for waste recycling. The Council’s scrutiny and reporting of performance is improving although there is scope to better evaluate the progress it is making towards achieving its improvement priorities. The Council’s strategic financial planning arrangements remain sound but improved communication and engagement with citizens is needed around the scale of the Council’s improvement ambitions and the impact of service changes in its priority areas. The Council is likely to make arrangements to secure continuous improvement for 2014-15.