PWYLLGOR ARCHWILIO

6ed O IONAWR 2017

 

 

Astudiaeth Llywodraeth Leol Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru: Trefniadau awdurdodau lleol i godi tâl am wasanaethau a chynhyrchu incwm

 

 

Yr argymhellion / penderfyniadau allweddol sydd eu hangen:

 

·         Bod y Pwyllgor yn derbyn adroddiad Astudiaeth Llywodraeth Leol Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru a ddisgrifir uchod. 

 

Rhesymau:

 

·         Mae Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru yn cyflawni gwaith archwilio ariannol a pherfformiad yn y Cyngor. Mae’r adroddiad yma yn cynnwys y casgliadau a luniwyd ynghylch dynesiad a threfniadau Awdurdodau Lleol Cymreig ar gyfer codi tâl am wasanaethau a chynhyrchu incwm (cyhoeddwyd yn Tachwedd 2016).  

 

 

Ymgynghorwyd â’r pwyllgor craffu perthnasol:

Angen i’r Bwrdd Gweithredol wneud penderfyniad:

Angen i’r Cyngor wneud penderfyniad:

 

 

AMHERTHNASOL

NAC OES

NAC OES

 

 

Aelod y Bwrdd Gweithredol sy’n gyfrifol am y Portffolio:

Cyng. David Jenkins (Adnoddau)

 

 

 

Y Gyfarwyddiaeth:

Gwasanaethau Corfforaethol

 

Enw Pennaeth y Gwasanaeth:

Owen Bowen

 

 

Awdur yr adroddiad:

Owen Bowen  

 

 

Swydd:

 

 

 

Pennaeth Gwasanaethau Cyllidol

 

 

 

Rhif Ffôn / Cyfeiriad E-bost:

 

 

 

01267 224886

obowen@sirgar.gov.uk

 


 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

AUDIT COMMITTEE

6th JANUARY 2017

 

 

Wales Audit Office Local Government Study: Charging for services and generating income by local authorities

 

 

 

During 2015/16, the Auditor General examined how local authorities use their powers to introduce and increase charges on services, how performance on generating income has changed in recent years, and how the process of consulting with users, and assessing the impact of charging decisions on users, is managed.

 

Based on the findings of this audit, the Auditor General has concluded that despite raising more money from charging, authorities are not pursuing all options to generate income because of weaknesses in their policies and in how they use data and information to support decision-making.

 

Background to the study

 

The key study question was: Have councils established effective systems to consider and approve whether and how they should introduce or increase charges for their services? 

 

Councils in Wales have the legal powers to charge for a wide range of the services they provide, and to control how much they charge for these services. This gives them the ability to raise income at a local level. The services that fall under local control for charges range from leisure and home care to parking and school meals.

 

Councils in Wales have experienced a £155 million (3.8 per cent) real-terms reduction in their revenue funding from the Welsh Government in 2011-12. Funding levels are continuing to decline with revenue funding from the Welsh Government approximately £283 million (seven per cent) lower in 2013-14 than 2010-11. In October 2013, the Welsh Government announced reductions in core funding of £175 million for 2014-15 and a further £65 million in 2015-16. By the end of 2016, the Welsh Local Government Association expects the local government shortfall will be in the region of £460 million1. The study will look at how councils use their powers to introduce and increase charges on services, how the income generated contributes to overall budgets and how the process of consulting with users and assessing the impact on users is strategically managed.

 

DETAILED REPORT ATTACHED?

YES  

 

 

IMPLICATIONS

 

I confirm that other than those implications which have been agreed with the appropriate Directors / Heads of Service and are referred to in detail below, there are no other implications associated with this report.      

           

Signed: Owen Bowen         Head of Financial Services

 

Policy, Crime & Disorder and Equalities

 

Legal

Finance

ICT

Risk Management Issues

Staffing Implications

Physical Assets

 

NONE

 

 

NONE

 

 

NONE

 

 

NONE

 

 

NONE

 

 

NONE

 

 

NONE

 

 

 

 

CONSULTATIONS

 

I confirm that the appropriate consultations have taken in place and the outcomes are as detailed below:

 

Signed: Owen Bowen         Head of Financial Services

 

 

1. Scrutiny Committee – N/A

 

2. Local Member(s) – N/A

 

3. Community / Town Council – N/A

 

4. Relevant Partners – N/A

 

5. Staff Side Representatives and other Organisations – N/A

 

Section 100D Local Government Act, 1972 – Access to Information

List of Background Papers used in the preparation of this report:

 

THESE ARE DETAILED BELOW:

 

Title of Document

 

File Ref No. / Locations that the papers are available for public inspection

 

Charging for services and generating income by local authorities – Wales Audit Office (10th November 2016)

 

Cymraeg

https://www.wao.gov.uk/cy/cyhoeddi/trefniadau-awdurdodau-lleol-i-godi-t%C3%A2l-am-wasanaethau-chynhyrchu-incwm

 

English

https://www.wao.gov.uk/publication/charging-services-and-generating-income-local-authorities