Council welcomes finance report
Flintshire County Council has welcomed a report from the Wales Audit Office
(WAO) on its sound financial planning.
The review focussed on the following question: Do the council’s financial
savings planning arrangements support financial resilience?
And the answer to that is that the Council has a sound financial planning
framework and it continues to strengthen its financial planning to better
support future financial resilience.
This is a positive and welcome result and shows how hard the Council has worked
given the current financial climate, the reduced settlements to local
authorities and the fact that Flintshire is a low-funded council per head
compared to many other local authorities in Wales. In 2016-17, Flintshire
received £185m from Welsh Government which represents £1,196 per person in the
county, below the average for Wales and a real-terms reduction of 10.1% per
head since 2013-14.
Flintshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Colin Everett, said:
“Our robust framework for financial planning, making savings and being prudent
with our money – which has seen us through some tough financial years - has
been recognised by the Wales Audit Office. It’s reassuring to know we are
acknowledged by our national external auditor.”
It would be unusual for the Auditor General not to suggest an area for
improvement. In this case, only one area has been identified in the report –
continuing to firm up our plans to make efficiencies well in advance of the
financial year in which they fall.