2006-01-20

Money: Glasgow City "Watchdog" Audit

Scotland's biggest council must improve some of its services by a significant margin, a 'watchdog' has said. Glasgow City's record on recycling and cleanliness were among areas singled out for criticism, as was the educational attainment of children. The verdict came in a report by 'The Accounts Commission for Scotland', the public sector efficiency 'watchdog'. The Council Leader Mr.Steven Purcell said Glasgow had changed for the better in recent years. The report was the latest in a series of in-depth studies of Scottish Local Authorities. Criticism included a call for the council to invest more in how it managed its 38_000 staff. The report also questioned the academic attainment of children in care and called for more support for people leaving the criminal justice system. There was however praise for how Glasgow had succeeded in creating 53_000 jobs in seven years, a growth rate of 16 per cent, bettered only by Manchester. Commission chairman Mr.Alastair Macnish said:
'The council needs to maintain its momentum and stay focused on achieving its goal for improved outcomes for its citizens, especially in those aspects of service delivery which affect the most vulnerable groups the council serves.'
He added that the council 'now has a strong foundation to build on and recognises the areas in which it needs to improve'. Glasgow City Council Leader said that the report would provide a 'benchmark' for improving service delivery across the city.
'This is a very positive report which highlights the significant advances made in Glasgow, but I am acutely aware that there is still much to do,' he said. 'We have worked closely with the auditors and we are already acting on the recommendations made in the report. 'A good example of this is in education, where we have recently established a commission of leading experts to examine how we can transform the prospects of our children.'
'Council told to improve services', BBC News, 2006/01/19 01:50:18 GMT

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