Findings from Audit Scotland review welcomed

Published: 22nd October 2019

We are welcoming the Best Value Assurance report published by Audit Scotland.

The report recognises the steady progress and significant efforts we have made since the last Best Value review in 2010 to transform our services during a time when the financial outlook, as for most other councils, remains challenging.

Strengths highlighted

A number of key strengths are highlighted, including good performance in education and social work, effective financial planning and the key role we have in joint working to deliver ambitious economic initiatives.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive

“Looking after our most vulnerable people and giving our children the best start in life are key priorities for the Council and we are justifiably proud of our track record across these areas.

“However, the report recognises that as a small rural authority covering a huge geographical area we face many challenges in order to improve and sustain high performance across all our service areas.

“We will take on board Audit Scotland’s feedback and recommendations, many of which we had already identified ourselves and are taking action on, and continue to drive forward transformational change across all our services through our Fit for 2024 programme.

“For example, we are already actively working with NHS Borders to improve joint working, and we also recognise that we need to do more to respond to the Community Empowerment Act in order to encourage and enable people to play their part more easily in their communities.

“A key priority for us going forward will be to improve our performance monitoring and measurement to demonstrate on a regular basis that the Council’s services are continuing to meet best value and identify quickly areas where further improvements are needed."

More information

The Audit Scotland Best Value Assurance Report is available from our website or from Audit Scotland's website.