Magazine article Public Finance

Western Isles Falls Short of Best Value

Magazine article Public Finance

Western Isles Falls Short of Best Value

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An islands council has been criticised by Scotland's local government spending watchdog for failing to plan for and Introduce Best Value.

In a report published this week, the Accounts Commission says that Western Isles Council is currently unable to demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement. Without this, the council 'will find it increasingly difficult to deliver effectively for its population', the report says.

According to the commission, the Stornoway-based council lacks robust performance management arrangements. 'Where available, performance information gives, at best, a mixed picture of service delivery,' it says, citing the council's failure 'to plan for and introduce Best Value'.

There is also a lack of policy-led budgeting and of corporate management and co-ordination in procurement, human resources, ICT and asset management. …

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