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Council faces audit investigation

Anglesey council office at Llangefni
A decision to launch a full inspection followed a critical report

Anglesey council faces a full inspection by the Auditor General for Wales into the way it is managed.

It follows a Wales Audit Office (WAO) report found "difficulties" in the working relationship of some council executive members and senior officers.

The inspection will look at "governance issues" within the authority.

Anglesey council's managing director, Derrick Jones, said he would welcome such an inquiry after the decision was announced on Thursday.

The possibility of a full investigation of the council's management was raised a week ago in the 'annual letter' from the WAO.

The letters are formal reports on the performance of all local authorities in Wales.

Anglesey's report recommended that the Auditor General considered a full inspection, due to "concerns that difficulties in working relationships between some executive members and some senior officers are having a detrimental impact on the council and its ability to fulfil the general best value duty".

Anglesey council's managing director, Derrick Jones, responded by saying he was committed to working to tackle the concerns raised.

He added that there were "a significant number of positive aspects to the report", and that he was "committed to working with the Wales Audit Office to tackle the concerns raised".

The Auditor General, Jeremy Colman, is expected to deliver his inspection findings on the council in June.

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