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Written Statement - Local Authority Services Performance Publication 2013-14

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Report looking at the performance of key local authority services in Wales.
Leighton Andrews, Minister for Public Services
Today I am publishing the fourth edition of the annual compendium looking at the performance of Local Authority services.  This publication contains the latest performance data to support the accountability and scrutiny of public services by citizens and by elected Members acting on their behalf. Challenging financial circumstances and increasing demand for many of the key local services make more important than ever the need to focus on improving performance.
 
As public servants, we are accountable to citizens for the decisions we make.  Ultimately, it is their money which is paying for the services provided.  However, it is also vital for the challenge of variation in public service performance by citizens and their elected representatives to be well-informed.
 
It is more important than ever elected Members of Local Authorities scrutinise their Authority’s service performance, whether they are representing the concerns of their constituents or more formally on scrutiny committees.  The abundance of performance data can be confusing. Whilst this publication provides considerable information to support robust scrutiny, it is not intended to be the only source.  It includes links to other sources of information which will help those who have an interest or duty in analysing performance variation and in facilitating debate.
 
A copy of the report can be accessed here:
 
This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep Members informed.  Should Members wish me to make a further statement, or to answer questions on this statement, when the Assembly returns I would be happy to do so.