Magazine article Public Finance

Council's Finances under Fire

Magazine article Public Finance

Council's Finances under Fire

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Auditors have raised serious concerns about a Scottish council's financial sustainability because of its lack of planning and other management weaknesses.

In a damning report published on April 22, the Accounts Commission for Scotland said South Ayrshire Council did not have the tools required to provide Best Value or manage its resources, risks and performance effectively.

According to the commission, it lacks a culture of continuous improvement, there is little scrutiny of performance by councillors and there is a lack of consistent, good quality customer care.

The report follows the commissions consideration of a Best Value and community planning audit report compiled by Audit Scotland.

It acknowledged improvements in leadership as a result of recent senior appointments, more effective cross-party working among councillors and a greater self-awareness' of the council's weaknesses.

But commission chair John Baillie said: 'We are concerned to note South Ayrshire Council's position. …

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