North Ayrshire Council is making significant improvements to its performance in key areas, according to an independent review of Scottish councils.
year the Improvement Service's Local Government Benchmarking Report
focuses on a number of key indicators across all 32 local authorities,
which is then used by North Ayrshire to compare performance with other
Meeting last Tuesday (June 17), NAC’s ruling SNP
Cabinet heard that the report showed progress was being made by the
Council, despite the local area continuing to experience high levels of
unemployment and deprivation.
A Council spokesperson said, “Many
of these tie into a separate Audit Scotland report which highlights the
changing role of Councils, the importance of Councillors, the need to
meet residents’ needs while reducing spending, and the requirement for
“A number of Council services are among the
very highest-performing in Scotland, including: the highest percentage
of people satisfied with their library service (97%); no rental income
lost through empty Council houses – the best in the country;
second-highest performance for Council houses already meeting national
housing quality standards (96%).”
The report also identified
significant improvements made by the Council over the past year,
including an increase in the amount of self-directed funding for social
care and a greater number of school leavers going on to training,
employment or further education.
Two issues flagged-up as
requiring more action from the Council were the speed at which it makes
invoice payments and the overall condition of Council properties.
councillor Willie Gibson, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said, “I am
delighted by the progress being made, particularly in some really key
"We want to build upon these successes and remain
determined to continue to improve the local economy, reduce deprivation
and provide the best possible service to local people.
certainly won't be resting on our laurels - our ambition is to take
every 'good' service in North Ayrshire and make it 'great'.
is clearly pleasing to see the positives in the report. However, the
value lies in identifying where we must improve in the future.
continue to measure our progress so that we can continue to improve and
ensure our services provide the very best value for the people of North