Monmouthshire County Council has made positive progress delivering the objectives it set for 2016/17, according to a recently published plan reviewing its performance.

The council’s Improvement Plan for 2016/17 set five improvement objectives that it would focus on for the year.  These covered improving education, safeguarding people and reducing dependence on social care, enabling the county to thrive, maintaining locally accessible services and ensuring the council is efficient and effective.  Some of the actions the council has taken to deliver the objectives include:

  • Investing in ICT in schools to maximise the impact of technology for learning and development
  • A focus on promoting and supporting well-being and preventing need for social care services
  • The council becoming a partner in the £1.2bn Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, along with nine other local authorities in South East Wales.
  • Agreeing future plans for the recycling service and the council continuing to have one of the highest rates of recycling in Wales.

Commenting on the publication of the plan, Councillor Paul Jordan, cabinet member for governance said: “I hope the improvement plan helps residents of Monmouthshire understand the progress the council made in 2016/17.  I’m pleased that the progress presented in this plan, along with national performance data which ranks Monmouthshire as one of the highest performing councils in Wales, shows how we have continued to deliver many council services well, despite reduced resources.  There are some areas that need to be improved and we have plans in place to achieve this and will continue to closely monitor progress.

“Maintaining or improving the performance of our services, as a rural county with increasing demand and reducing budget, is a significant challenge and one which we continue to work hard upon.  We are in the process of developing a plan to clearly set out what we will focus on over the next period to improve well-being in the county and we will continue to engage with Monmouthshire residents on the issues that matter to them.”

The full plan called “How we performed 2016/17” is available to view on www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/improvement