The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021, requires councils to keep their performance under review through self-assessment, with the need to publish a report setting out the conclusions of the self-assessment once every financial year.
This is the first self-assessment report of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council covering the year 2021/22. The focus of the self-assessment is the Council’s Corporate Plan and providing an assessment of how well the Council feels it has achieved its Well-being Objectives, as outlined in the Corporate Plan, and where further improvement is required.
To align to the requirements of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, the Council has also provided an assessment against the sustainable development principle, the 7 corporate areas of planning and the well-being goals.
This self-assessment has been developed at a point in time and includes the information available at that time. The Council’s approach to self-assessment is an ongoing and fluid process of review and the assessment will be updated as and when more information becomes available. The Council also recognises that the self-assessment process will evolve over time to meet the requirements of the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 and the arrangements will be amended as appropriate moving forward so that there is an effective programme of review and evaluation in place to challenge the effectiveness of the services provided. As part of this process, the Council actively promotes and partakes in participation and engagement activities with various groups and the community. Evidence of this activity is seen throughout the document and further work will be undertaken throughout the year to enhance our reach and to promote transparency.
As a council we work to a ‘One Council’ approach and this is seen throughout the document with various examples and evidence of activity fitting under a number of the strategic priorities and themes. Progress and challenges are also identified throughout the document. Where a challenge has been identified, a corresponding action for implementation over the coming year has been identified.
The Council welcome any feedback you might have about the Self-assessment 2021/22. Your views are important to us, and we want to know what information you would like to see and how you would like to see it reported. Please contact the team on the details at the end of this document if you would like to give feedback on the Assessment
Corporate Performance Team
Sarah King, Head of Democratic Services, Governance and Partnerships
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
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