Annual Performance Survey published by Council

12/09/2017, PR8646

​Senior councillors are to discuss how Wakefield Council is performing and the challenges it faces when they meet this month.

​The Council has produced an Annual Performance Summary Report for April 2016 – April 2017 which gives information about progress and where further improvements can be made.

The report aims to promote greater transparency of Council business and to support improvements in services.

Cabinet members meeting on September 19 will discuss the report and will be asked to approve the priorities it sets out.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services said: "We are working in a difficult financial climate as in recent years we have seen continual reductions in our funding from central government.

"Against this very tough background we are continuing to make good progress in many areas. Like other local authorities, we face many challenges and this report sets out our plans to address these challenges with our partner organisations."

The report highlights  the wide variety of the Council's work and as an example it found that the number of vulnerable adults who use care services and completed a care survey saying they felt safe, has continued to improve for the last two consecutive years.

Smoking and weight-related issues remain a concern in Wakefield and the Council is working with partners to promote healthy lifestyles and to provide support services for residents.

Also, the report shows the number of working age people in the district, claiming out of work benefits has fallen and the proportion of people in employment has improved.

But the report highlights there's more to do to address skill levels across the district, which is lower than in other areas. The Council is working in partnership with Wakefield College and businesses to deliver higher level qualifications and improve the number of working adults with no qualifications, and for this reason is keen to see a university centre in Wakefield.

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