Welsh audit is bucking the trend

This article was first published in Public Finance. Wales has worked hard to ensure it has an audit system that can be relied upon and that continues to develop, writes Auditor General for Wales, Adrian Crompton Trust in public bodies requires effective public audit. Wales has a public audit system that can be trusted and…

Closing one door, opening another

It’s been a few weeks since we published the findings from our national local government study on the ‘front door’ to adult social care. It feels like a good time to reflect on what we did, and what we found. We set out to look at how well councils have responded to the Social Services…

My three-month placement

Leonard Cheshire’s Change 100 programme matches talented disabled students and graduates with progressive employers. Through Change 100 we were able to welcome Alex Swift to the communications team, on a three-months summer internship. Here, Alex writes about his experience. Here, I explore my three-month placement in the communications team, providing an overview of the lessons…

Big data and data analytics are the future of audit

But what is Data Analytics? It’s about using modern technology to enhance the analysis of data. It’s about getting better at collecting, cleansing, combining, analysing, interpreting and visualising data. The Wales Audit Office is in a unique and privileged position whereby we have access to a wealth of data held by public bodies. But we…

Age Alliance Wales Conference

Our current annual plan sets out an exciting new direction for the Wales Audit Office. The one thing that has stuck with me since I read the plan was the clear and long overdue focus on ‘why we are here’. To put it succinctly we have a privileged position to assure, explain and inspire. And…

Can local planning authorities deliver a sustainable future for Wales?

An ambitious future? Following a referendum on the National Assembly for Wales’s legislative powers held in March 2011, the people of Wales voted in favour of granting the National Assembly for Wales further powers for making laws in Wales in devolved areas. This important decision has culminated in some significant legislation as the country embarks…