A positive attitude and clearly delivered actions sum up South Ayrshire Council’s response to criticism from the Accounts Commission earlier this year.
That’s the findings of the follow-up report published by the Commission which also states that the Council’s positive momentum must be sustained.
The report examines the extensive work undertaken by the Council since February and notes that “in a relatively short time period, the Council has made a good start in developing an improved framework to help it demonstrate Best Value”.
Actions taken by the Council include the approval of plans that establish clear performance measures and targets for the Council and its services.
A Best Value Working Group (made up of Councillors and officers) has also been established, arrangements revised to improve Councillors’ scrutiny of operational performance and service delivery, a programme of service reviews underway and senior management posts restructured.
South Ayrshire Council Leader, Councillor Bill McIntosh, said: “I’m very pleased the Commission recognises the huge amount of work that has been progressed over the last 10 months or so, and also acknowledges that more time is needed to fully embed some of the changes we’ve made throughout the organisation.
“We will continue to build on these changes in the coming months, with Councillors and officers working together to further improve the Council and continuing to deliver high-quality services to the people and communities of South Ayrshire.”
Eileen Howat, Chief Executive of the Council, added: “Our improvement journey is now well underway and our destination firmly in sight. The Commission clearly sees how far we’ve come and knows what we’re working to achieve and we have the drive and determination to make that happen.”