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Top of the class; North Lanarkshire Council comes out of Assurance and Improvement Plan with top marks

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 14:37 GMT on Thursday, May 16th, 2013.

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NORTH Lanarkshire Council has come out as a top Scottish performer, earning top marks from Audit Scotland’s Assurance and Improvement Plan, which forms part of the national auditor’s National Scrutiny Plan. As part of its reporting, Audit Scotland has awarded the highest rating of 'no scrutiny required' to North Lanarkshire Council. 

A spokesperson for Audit Scotland said: “The plan is based on risk assessments of each council and agreed local and national priorities. It is not a measure of councils’ current performance.”

North Lanarkshire Council have welcomed the news; and, welcoming the publication of the plan, Councillor Jim McCabe, leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: "This is excellent news for the council and the people of North Lanarkshire.”

In the report, North Lanarkshire Council was awarded the highest rating of 'no scrutiny required' for its work, one of only three councils in the country to earn this rating.

The annual Assurance and Improvement Plan summarises the results of risk assessments into all main areas of council business, with twenty-three distinct departments mentioned, ranging from lifelong learning to regeneration and, from vision and strategic direction to financial management. 


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The report reads: "The council's change management programme shows an effective approach. The Service and People First transformation programme continues to demonstrate improvements.

"The Local Area Network is satisfied that the council has taken a robust approach to meeting the financial challenges facing councils over the next few years."

Welcoming the publication of the plan, Councillor Jim McCabe, leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: "This is excellent news for the council and the people of North Lanarkshire.

"The challenges are immense but this report underlines Audit Scotland's view that this is a high-performing council."

Councillor Tommy Morgan, convener of the council's audit and governance panel, said: "It is clear that we continue to make excellent progress in key areas. That's largely down to the huge efforts of our exceptionally committed employees and I'd like to thank them for those efforts.

"But it's essential that we don't rest on our laurels and continue to drive forward to keep improving services for the people of North Lanarkshire."


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