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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) provides good services but needs to make better progress in implementing Best Value

In a report published yesterday , the Accounts Commission says while Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has put some of the basic building blocks in place for providing Best Value, there remain significant aspects requiring better progress.

The Commission last assessed the Comhairle‟s Best Value arrangements in 2006. Since then there has been slow progress overall. In particular, the culture of challenge and improvement remains underdeveloped. While the Comhairle responds well to external appraisal through audit and inspection, it remains reactive rather than proactive in identifying and implementing improvements.

Yesterday‟s findings state that there needs to be a systematic approach to continuous improvement activity, supported by good arrangements for managing performance. A longer term strategic financial plan needs to be developed. Councillors should be more active in ensuring that improvements are made and the chief executive and corporate management team‟s leadership should be clearer and more visible, to show that the Comhairle is fully ready for the future challenges that it faces.

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