Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20

22 Jun 2020 - 6:02pm

Our financial statements for 2019-20 and a review of our work and performance over the last twelve months.

About our Annual Report and Accounts

In our Annual Report and Accounts, we provide:
 
  • a review of our work in 2019-20, including an analysis of our delivery and performance, and our position at the end of the year;
  • key statements and reports that enable us to meet accountability requirements and demonstrate compliance with good corporate governance; and
  • our financial statements for the year ending 31 March 2020, alongside supporting and explanatory notes.
 
The Annual Report demonstrates that, during 2019-20, the exercise of our functions was consistent with the Annual Plan prepared for the year, and the priorities set out in the Plan were substantively achieved.
 
In the report, we include a selection of case studies to give more insight on some of the projects we have been involved with and the contribution that work has made in terms of holding public bodies to account and helping them improve the delivery of public services.
 
In response to feedback on how we communicate and engage, we also took the decision last year to bring together the various strands of our work under a new, clearer umbrella identity – Audit Wales.

While the last few weeks of 2019-20 could certainly not be described as ‘business as usual’, the previous 11 months were an extremely productive period for us in terms of audit delivery. We successfully delivered almost the entire programme of audits laid out in our Annual Plan, in a timely manner and to a high-quality standard. A key focus for the year was increasing our use of data analytics to bring together statistics and other information from audit reports into single, accessible and interactive resources.

I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the public servants who are working so hard to see our country through the current crisis. As the organisation responsible for scrutinising most public bodies in Wales, we have a privileged insight into how vital they are to everyone’s lives, especially in times like these.

Adrian Crompton, Auditor General for Wales

Looking back at the previous financial year, which seems so long ago now, we performed very well overall, and I am pleased with and proud of our achievements. Strategic risks were well managed, significant progress was made towards delivering our change commitments, and we achieved many of the challenging targets we had set for our key performance indicators.

I pay tribute to our staff for all their hard work and commitment throughout the year, and have been so impressed at how well everyone at Audit Wales has adapted their roles while juggling this with life at home under lockdown.

Isobel Everett, Chair of the Wales Audit Office

Priorities for Audit Wales 

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are liaising closely with our audited bodies to ensure that our statutory duties and wider audit work are delivered without detrimental impact on the efforts of severely stretched public bodies to deal with the national emergency. But despite working and engaging entirely remotely, we are by no means passive.Well targeted and delivered public audit has a vital part to play at this time in ensuring value for money, good governance and accountability.
 
Audit Wales is and will be playing its part to support Welsh public services respond to COVID-19 by:
 
  • delivering high quality audits of accounts to give a trusted view on the financial position of the public sector;
  • examining the key issues facing the public sector during the pandemic;
  • facilitating the collection, analysis and sharing of learning across Welsh public services, in as real time as possible; and
  • exploiting our unique perspective to influence thinking on the resilience and future shape of public services in Wales.

 

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