3 Oct 2012
Scots councils need better performance management. The 32 councils spend a total of £21bn annually but none has a comprehensive performance and improvement framework to benchmark services and demonstrate value for money
Margaret Mitchell said:
“The first priority of councils is to deliver services as efficiently as possible.
“In times of economic challenge and reduced budgets, and when families up and down the country are feeling the squeeze, councils should be able to strictly account for every pound of taxpayers’ money that they spend.
“It is very concerning that the Accounts Commission report has found that many cannot even do that and they must take lessons from the local authorities who run a tight ship.
“There is simply no excuse for councils wasting public money and even worse, refusing self-scrutiny in areas where external auditors and inspectors regularly investigate.”