Friday, 25 April 2014
South Ayrshire Council agrees action plan for further improvement
A detailed action plan and timeline for further improvement work were approved by South Ayrshire Council this week as members considered their response to the Audit Scotland/Accounts Commission report published earlier this year.
The report – which raised no concerns about how the Council delivers services or the quality of those services – set out six improvement recommendations for the Council:
• Fully implement the previously agreed recommendations to set improvement objectives as part of the Council Plan and introduce regular reporting against these.
• Ensure that the Council Plan and service and improvement plans are in place for the start of the 2014/15 financial year, and effectively communicated to all staff.
• Ensure that all staff have Performance and Development Reviews, including clear forward objectives reflecting the new corporate and service plans.
• Ensure corporate approaches agreed at CMT, such as the roll out of "How Good Is Our Council?", are consistently implemented across the council.
• Introduce regular and timely performance reporting that has a greater focus on outcomes and leads to improvement action being taken where required.
• Ensure the review of scrutiny arrangements addresses the weaknesses in the current arrangements and that improvements are made with greater urgency.
At this week’s meeting, Councillors approved their response to the recommendations and findings within the report, agreed the detailed actions being taken to address these and approved the creation of a member/officer working group.
Membership of the group will comprise Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of the Council (pictured above); Councillor John McDowall, Depute Leader of the Council; Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader of the SNP Group; Councillor Brian Connolly, Independent Councillor; and senior officers.
A new Corporate Management Team charter and corporate standards will also be introduced and reinforced throughout the Council
Chief Executive Eileen Howat (pictured above) said: “We’re committed to being the best Council we can possibly be and delivering best value for the people of South Ayrshire.
“The improvement work underway will ensure we have the right processes and performance monitoring in place and continue to provide the services and facilities our communities deserve.
“Whether it’s participating in the performance and development review process, reviewing scrutiny arrangements, amending the management structure to reflect recent changes to how we work, or contributing to a positive organisational culture, every elected member and every single employee has an important role to play in helping ensure we progress and improve as an organisation.
“By doing this, we will improve and we will continue to deliver high quality services for our people and communities, who are at the heart of all we do.”
Full details of the action plan, timelines and the Council’s response to the audit report can be found HERE
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