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Moray Council Slammed for Weak Management

Magazine article Public Finance

Moray Council Slammed for Weak Management

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A Scottish council has been criticised for its 'weak' management performance by the Accounts Commission.

A damning report this week concluded that Elgin-based Moray Council 'has a long way to go to be in a position to deliver Best Value for its area and inhabitants'.

The watchdog found variation in service performance and important weaknesses in leadership and direction by both elected members and senior management.

These included a lack of clear strategic direction based on knowledge of community and user needs and a lack of effective systems for monitoring performance. The majority of current councillors are independents.

The report noted that between 1996, when the council was established, and 2004 it experienced political turmoil and lacked effective corporate leadership and direction. …

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