Council Leader Dick Walsh on Accounts Commission findings

Published Date: 

29 Nov 2013 - 10:13

Argyll and Bute Council Leader, Councillor Dick Walsh said: “The Audit Scotland report was a wake-up call for all of us. We said at the time that we would roll up our sleeves and get on with the job – and we have started exactly as we mean to go on.

“We have had a strong, sound and stable administration in place for over two months now and we are already making steady progress.  This will be backed up by a robust and focused action plan to address the issues outlined in the report. 

“After carrying out an extensive interview  process,  we now have a team of policy leads in place – an enthusiastic, committed group who bring a combination of experience and fresh ideas to the tasks at hand.  They are already building good relationships and working closely with senior management and service heads, with visible results.

“Effective political management was identified by Audit Scotland as a clear need. We have plans for a committee structure which will make our leadership, policy-setting and decision-making processes much more efficient and effective.

“The fact that there has been no impact on frontline services continues to drive and inspire us.  It is a testament to the commitment of everyone at Argyll and Bute Council who has the best interests of our people at heart.  This is an inspiration to us as we work hard to restore Argyll and Bute Council to the driving force we know it can be.

“Like every local authority in Scotland we have challenges to overcome but there is clear will and determination right across the chamber to make sure we keep doing just that. We are also very aware that we must continue to focus on the long-term future for the people of Argyll and Bute.  As well as ensuring that the issues outlined in the Audit Scotland report are behind us once and for all, we are also very focused on finding ways of boosting Argyll and Bute’s population and economy.  

“We have a significant task to do but it is one we were elected to do, one we are more than capable of doing, and one that we will accomplish with success. We will not be distracted from this.”