WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
Audit Scotland - Improvement at Dumfries and Galloway needs to continue
Dumfries and Galloway Council has made good progress and needs to take this further to meet the challenges it is facing, says the Accounts Commission.
A report published by the local authority watchdog contrasts with a 2009 report which identified serious weaknesses in leadership, management and services.
It now has a clear strategic direction, more effective leadership and better systems for planning, monitoring and continuous improvement.
Dumfries and Galloway is the third largest council area in Scotland. Predominantly rural, it has the lowest wage economy in the country and the working age population is projected to fall against a national increase. The council is the largest employer. Its priorities reflect the needs of the local area and it has maintained these over five different administrations.
Since 2010/11, the council has made £86 million of savings and generally maintained or improved services to the public. It will have to make a further £79 million of savings by 2022/23. The council needs to quickly agree and implement its savings and improvement plans.
The report notes that the council has taken steps to learn lessons from the DG One leisure centre failure. However, it is currently facing more capital project problems with the North West Community Campus in Dumfries.
The improvements at the council have not been consistent across services. Information on service performance needs to improve so that councillors and the public have a clear understanding of trends in the council’s performance. The council does not have a council-wide workforce plan and it is important that it puts this in place.
In its findings, the Commission says it is pleased at the good progress made. The council now needs to increase the pace of change to meet substantial financial challenges. Clear leadership is required by councillors and officers to take difficult decisions. Its strong record in community engagement provides an opportunity to work effectively with citizens and communities on shaping future services.
The Commission said it would continue its interest on lessons learned by the council from DG One and on developments relating to the North West Community Campus.
Ronnie Hinds, deputy chair of the Commission, said:
"The council has made significant improvements over the last nine years.
"But it faces hard choices about how it provides services in the future as budgets tighten. Meeting this challenge will require clear officer and political leadership and strong corporate management of its services and its transformation programme.”
Latest News from
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
Unite: Birmingham NHS maintenance & facilities staff to strike in ‘transfer to tax avoiding company’ row14/06/2019 16:05:00
About 40 NHS maintenance and facilities staff at Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, who face being transferred to a wholly owned subsidiary (WOS) designed to avoid paying tax, will strike for three days later this month.
CIPD - People Skills Hub launched to help small firms improve their people management skills13/06/2019 16:40:00
Free online hub launched to help smaller firms improve their people management knowledge, processes and practices
New approach to leadership development, diversity and supporting CEOs required – new NHS Confederation report13/06/2019 15:40:00
A report published today by the NHS Confederation outlines the views of new NHS chief executives on the changes in leadership approach and culture that they believe will be required if the NHS is to meet the ambitions of the Long Term Plan.
TUC: Every worker deserves the right to guaranteed hours13/06/2019 15:18:00
617,000 people working less than 16 hours want more hours.
Wales Audit Office - Four health boards in Wales over-spend again13/06/2019 14:40:00
Some positive progress but Auditor General unable to give a clean bill of health to four health board accounts for third year running
CBI responds to Net-Zero announcement13/06/2019 14:37:00
The CBI responded to the Prime Minister's announcement that the UK will be the first country in the world to legislate to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
CIPD comments on latest official labour market statistics13/06/2019 13:40:00
More older workers and women are entering the UK labour market
FRC: Sanctions against PwC and partners in relation to Redcentric plc13/06/2019 13:15:00
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has issued a Final Decision Notice under the Audit Enforcement Procedure and imposed sanctions against PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”), and two partners Jaskamal Sarai and Arif Ahmad, in relation to the statutory audits of the financial statements of Redcentric plc for the financial years ending 31 March 2015 (“FY2015”) and 31 March 2016 (“FY2016”).
Buy Now Pay Later rules won’t stop people being hit by these unexpected costs, says Citizens Advice13/06/2019 12:40:00
The Financial Conduct Authority’s rules on Buy Now Pay Later borrowing won’t stop people being hit by unexpected costs, says Citizens Advice.