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Audit and Regulation of the Council

What do the Regulators say about the Council and its Services?

To ensure that residents get the best possible services and value for money from the Council, there are a number of independent regulatory bodies that audit, inspect, review and report on the Council and its services. These bodies are independent of the Council and are sometimes referred to as the ‘regulators’.

Regulators also provide assurance to Councillors and residents that the Council is improving, promoting further improvement, and they hold the Council to account when things are not going well or as planned. Regulators also provide the Welsh Government with the information it needs to help it develop better strategies and services.

The main regulatory bodies for our services are:

Audit Wales (formerly The Wales Audit Office - WAO)

Is the public sector watchdog for Wales. The aim of the Audit Wales (AW) is to ensure that the people of Wales know whether public money is being spent and managed wisely, and that public bodies in Wales understand how to improve outcomes.

Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) replaces The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW)

This is the regulator for social care and childcare in Wales. From child minders and nurseries to homes for older people, the Care Inspectorate Wales is responsible for registering, inspecting and taking action to improve the quality and safety of services for the well-being of the people of Wales. The most recent CIW Local authority annual performance review letter 2019/20 was published in August 2020.

 Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales (ESTYN)

Inspects quality and standards in education and training providers in Wales, including all nursery, primary and secondary schools, colleges, local authority education services for children and young people, teacher education and training, special schools and pupil referral units.  

Estyn also inspects the Central South Consortium, (CSC) and schools in the area. Individual inspection reports issued by Estyn can be viewed at www.estyn.gov.uk

We are also regulated by the Welsh Language Commissioner.

When the regulators have completed an audit or inspection, their findings are set out in a report, which is made available to the public so that everyone can see their findings. This transparency helps people to understand more about the Council and its service and also leads to better decisions and better outcomes for residents.

The work of the regulators provides assurance to councillors and residents that the Council is improving, and promotes further improvement, and it holds the Council to account when things are not going well or as planned. Their work also provides the government with the information it needs to help it develop better strategies and services. Because regulators reports are open to everyone, this transparency leads to better decisions and better outcomes for residents.

When an audit or inspection report is received, it is carefully considered by officers and Councillors. Relevant findings and recommendations can be used to strengthen our arrangements or inform improvements to Council services.  

All reports issued by the regulators are reported to the Council’s Cabinet, reviewed by the relevant Scrutiny Committee and made available to the Governance and Audit Committee. You can see the reports issued by regulators since January 2016 below.

Regulatory Report

Regulatory Report

Committee

Status of Report National/ Local

Regulatory Body

Annual Audit Summary 2021 (Formally Annual Improvement Report)

This includes the following:

Council 19 January 22 Local AW
Test, Trace, Protect in Wales: An Overview of Progress to Date Governance & Audit Committee 23 Mar-22 National AW
Procurement and supply of PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic Governance & Audit Committee 23 Mar-22 National AW
Procuring and Supplying PPE for the COVID-19 Pandemic Governance & Audit Committee 23 Mar-22 National AW
Rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Wales Governance & Audit Committee 23 Mar-22 National AW
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council – Financial Sustainability Assessment Governance & Audit Committee 23 Mar-22 Local AW
Financial Sustainability of Local Government as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic Governance & Audit Committee 23 Mar-22 National AW
Financial Sustainability of Local Government – COVID Impact, Recovery and Future Challenges Governance & Audit Committee 23 Mar-22 National AW
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Governance & Audit Committee 23 Mar-22 National CIW & HIW
National Overview Report of Assurance Checks Governance & Audit Committee 23 Mar-22 National CIW
Let me flourish Governance & Audit Committee 23 Mar-22 National CIW
At Your Discretion - Local Government Discretionary Services Governance & Audit Committee 23 Mar-22 National AW
Regenerating Town Centres in Wales Governance & Audit Committee 23 Mar-22 National AW

Certificate of Compliance - Audit of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council's Assessment of 2020-21 Performance - Nov 2021

  Local  AW 

Annual Audit Summary 2020 (Formally Annual Improvement Report)

 

This includes the following 13 reports:
Council 10 March 21 Local AW

Audit of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council’s 2019-20 Accounts

O&S 12 May 21 Local AW

Well-being of Future Generations Examination – Investment in Leisure Facilities (Published March 2020)

O&S 12 May 21 Local AW
Annual Improvement Plan Audit of 2020/21 Plans contained in the Council’s annual Corporate Performance Report 2020/21 O&S 12 May 21 Local AW

Financial Sustainability (Published March 2020)

O&S 12 May 21 Local AW

Local Authority Performance Review April 2019 – March 2020 (Published August 2020)

O&S 12 May 21 Local CIW
Local authority and regional consortia support for schools and PRUs in response to COVID-19’ Update report from June to November 2020, (Published January 2021) O&S 12 May 21 Local Estyn
National Fraud Initiative 2018-20 (Published October 2020) O&S 12 May 21 National AW
The ‘Front Door’ to Social Care (September 2019) O&S 12 May 21 National AW
Review of Public Services Boards (October 2019) O&S 12 May 21 National AW
Progress in implementing the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Act (November 2019) O&S 12 May 21 National AW
Rough Sleeping in Wales- Everyone’s Problem; No One’s Responsibility (July 2020) O&S 12 May 21 National AW
Better Law Making (September 2020) O&S 12 May 21 National AW
Commercialisation in Local Government (October 2020) O&S 12 May 21 National AW
Certificate of Compliance- Audit of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council's 2020-21 Improvement Plan - Jan 2021   Local AW

Certificate of Compliance - Audit of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council's Assessment of 2019-20 Performance - Jan 2020

  Local AW
Certificate of Compliance- Audit of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council's 2019-20 Improvement Plan - Oct 2019   Local WAO

Certificate of Compliance- Audit of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council's Assessment of 2018-19 Performance - Oct 2019

 

Local

WAO

WAO Annual Improvement Report - Sep 2019

This includes the following 12 WAO reports:

Council 18 September 19

Local

WAO

Well-being of Future Generations Act Examinations - Oct 2019 O&S 20 January 20 Local WAO
Delivering with Less Environmental Health Services - Oct 2019 O&S 20 January 20 Local WAO
Corporate arrangements for the safeguarding of children - Oct 2019 O&S 20 January 20 Local WAO
CIW Inspection of older Adults Services: Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council O&S 20 January 20 Local CIW
CIW Local Authority Annual Performance Review Letter O&S 20 January 20 Local CIW
Procuring Residual and Food Waste Treatment Capacity - Oct 2018 O&S 20 January 20 National WAO

Waste Management in Wales: Municipal Recycling - Nov 2018

O&S 20 January 20

National

WAO

Waste Management in Wales-Preventing Waste - Mar 2019 O&S 20 January 20 National WAO

Local Government Services to Rural Communities - Nov 2018

O&S 20 January 20

National

WAO

Provision of Local Government Services to Rural Communities: Community Asset transfer - Nov 2018

O&S 20 January 20

National

WAO

The maturity of local government in use of data - Dec 2018

O&S 20 January 20

National

WAO

The Effectiveness of Local Planning Authorities in Wales - Jun 2019

O&S 20 January 20

National

WAO

Certificate of Compliance - WAO Audit of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council's 2018-19 Improvement Plan - Nov 2018

 

 Local

WAO

Certificate of Compliance - Audit of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council's Assessment of 2017-18 Performance - Oct 2018

 

 Local

WAO

WAO Annual Improvement Report - Sep 2018

This includes the following 10 WAO reports:

Council 19 September 18

 Local

 

WAO

Scrutiny Fit for the Future  - Jul 2018

O&S 22 October 18

Local

WAO

Savings Planning - Mar 2017

O&S 13 September 17

Local

 WAO

Savings Planning in Councils in Wales

 

Council 21 June 17

National

 WAO

Strategic Commissioning of Accommodation Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities - May 2018

O&S 22 October 18

National

WAO

Speak my language: Overcoming language and communication barriers in public services - Apr 2018

O&S
22 October 18

National

WAO

Housing Adaptations - Feb 2018

O&S 22 October 18

National

WAO

How Local Government manages demand – Homelessness - Jan 2018 

H&WB Scrutiny committee Feb 18

National

WAO

Local Government Financial Reporting 2016-17 -  Dec 2017

 

National

WAO

Public Procurement in Wales - Oct 2017 

O&S 22 October 18

National

WAO

Good Governance when determining significant service change - Oct 2017 

Cabinet 9th March 18

National

WAO

Certificate of Compliance - WAO Audit of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council's 2017-18 Improvement Plan - Nov 2017

 

Local

WAO

WAO Annual Improvement Report - Jun 2017

Council 21 June 17

Local

WAO

Updated Mar 22