Chief Executive responds to Audit Scotland findings

Chief Executive Sue Bruce responds to Audit Scotland's latest report on the The City of Edinburgh Council.

The report publishes findings from the Accounts Commission, which highlight progress made by the Council, and areas for improvement.

Chief Executive Sue Bruce said: “Audit Scotland’s findings acknowledge the progress that the Council has made in key areas such as stronger governance throughout the organisation, more effective risk management, and improved employee engagement. It also highlights contribution of the recently established Governance, Risk and Best Value Committee in achieving this.

“The report rightly highlights the financial challenges the Council faces, and acknowledges that the Council has already put in place the a transformation plan to tackle these issues, to ensure we deliver the best services and maximum value for money for the people of Edinburgh. This programme is in its initial stages and we recognise that there is work to do to meet our objectives. As we move forward into 2015, developing an effective workforce strategy will be a priority for the leadership team and current recommendations on a new delivery model for the Council represent an important step forward in this respect.

“This is a challenging time for all local authorities. The City of Edinburgh Council faces tougher financial challenges than many others, due to the city’s growing population and its demographics. Our plans recognise the challenges we face, some of which are legacy issues, and we expect to deliver significant progress over the next 12 months.”   

Read the full report on Audit Scotland's website.

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