Organisational change at Natural Resources Wales

Public service re-organisation is never far from conversation in Wales, particularly given the future mergers proposed for local government. One public body that has already dealt with a significant amount of change is Natural Resources Wales (NRW). The Welsh Government created NRW on 1 April 2013, replacing three legacy bodies – the Countryside Council for…

From New Zealand to Wales – Reflections on working for wellbeing

Ann Webster, Assistant Auditor-General, Research and Development, visited the Wales Audit Office during a recent holiday to share thoughts and ideas on integrated reporting. As we pulled up to the railway station, the taxi driver asked me what I had thought of Cardiff.  “Loved it,” I answered without hesitation. Visiting Wales, for a New Zealander,…

Who is keeping our towns healthy – The often unseen but important role of environmental health

This report (Delivering with less – the impact on environmental health services and citizens) is the first in a series that are going to look at how councils are coping with the increasing demands to ‘Deliver with less’ and it’s something that we are keen to look at further.  In this report we found that…