Welcome to my latest blog!
Figures recently released show that the City of Cardiff Council is the third most improved Council in Wales. In two-thirds of key indicators (27 out of 41) the Council has shown a clear improvement. This is a positive outcome given the twin pressures of a decreasing budget and a growing population. It is a real credit to the hard work of all the staff.
Some of the highlights are:
- Our primary schools have continued to improve their performance bringing us on a par with the rest of Wales – 88% of our Year 6 pupils achieved the Core Subject Indicator.
- Over 90% of our roads are now at a high or acceptable standard of cleanliness. Also the number of roads which are in a poor condition is now at 5.2%, a decrease of over 1.5% on the previous year.
- We’re clearing over 97% fly-tipping incidents within 5 working days.
- We’re also recycling and re-using over 58% of our municipal waste; almost 5% more than this time last year. Only 8% of the waste we collect ends up in landfill – the Welsh average is 18%.
The improvement in our performance backs up the findings of other reports this year. ESTYN reported that our school services had improved earlier this year. The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, and the Wales Audit Office have both also praised the City of Cardiff Council for our improved performance this year.
All this positive news means that we as an authority are heading in the right direction. But we’re not resting on our laurels – we know there’s still a long way to go. So we’re going to keep up this momentum and aim high to achieve our vision of making Cardiff Europe’s most liveable capital city.