Council Plans and Strategies

The Council has various plans, strategies and reports that support decision making and service delivery. This section explains the structure of the Council, how we work together to deliver our Outcomes and where you can access the high level strategic plans and documents.

The over-arching plan for the Council is the Corporate Plan 2018-2022. The Council has 6 Outcomes in the Corporate Plan that together deliver our vision – Making Argyll and Bute a place people choose to Live, Learn, Work and do Business. This plan outlines our Corporate Objectives and Outcomes until 2022. These 6 Corporate Outcomes align to the Argyll and Bute Outcome Improvement Plan (ABOIP). The corporate plan outlines specifically how the Council will contribute to the ABOIP. Our Corporate Plan is also available in Gaelic Planna Corporra 2018-2022.

Our Corporate Plan is delivered through 17 Business Outcomes. An illustration of how the Business Outcomes deliver our Corporate Plan is available here.

We work with our community planning partners (the Community Planning Partnership – CPP) to deliver the Argyll and Bute Outcome Improvement Plan 2013-2023. The ABOIP (previously the Single Outcome Agreement) is the joint plan developed and agreed with our community planning partners. It sets out the vision, priorities and objectives for the geographical area of Argyll and Bute over the next ten years.  The ABOIP has 6 long-term outcomes that support our overall objective.

The structure of the Council comprises of seven Services, and within each Service are Teams. These are described below in broad terms. The structure of the Council is illustrated in the following Organisational Chart.

The Chief Executive’s Unit covers all aspects of finance, audit, community planning and community development. There is one Service and one Team in this Unit – The Financial Services' Service and the Community Planning and Community Development Team.

The Services that come under the responsibility of Executive Director Douglas Hendry are –

  • Education: from Early Learning through to Adult Learning, from Childcare to Youth Services and all Schools and Learning Establishments.
  • Legal and Regulatory Support: covering Governance, Elections, Civil Contingencies, Procurement, Health & Safety and Trading Standards & Advice.
  • Commercial Services: covering Catering, Cleaning, Property, Major Projects, Energy and Climate Change, Partnership Working and Commercial Business Development.

The Services that come under the responsibility of Executive Director Kirsty Flanagan are –

  • Road and Infrastructure: covering Road & Marine Operations, Infrastructure Design, Waste Management, School & Public Transport and Fleet management
  • Development and Economic Growth: covering Economic Growth, Planning, Housing, Environmental Health, Renewables, Regeneration and Airports
  • Customer Support Services: covering Communications, ICT, Human Resources, Customer Service Centres, Registration Services and Organisational Development.

Council staff have an annual Performance Review, the objectives for each member of staff contribute to delivering their Teams' Plan, these in turn contribute to delivering the Service Plan. The Plans for each Service contribute to deliver the overall Council Plan. Every individual, team and service therefore contributes to delivering our vision - Making Argyll and Bute a place people choose to Live, Learn, Work and do Business.

Service Plans – Service Plans set out the key service delivery aims for the financial year and are aligned to the Corporate Plan and ABOIP through the Business Outcomes. Within each Service Plan is an overview of the service with finance and personnel resources. The Service Plan also contains the detail of all the agreed measures to deliver the Plan. This includes the target, timescale and benchmark information for each measure. The Service Plans are agreed at the Council meeting in February each year where the budget is also set. The Service Plans are then presented as Scorecards to monitor and report our performance on a quarterly basis. You can find more information on each Service here.

Capital Plans - Each financial year the Capital Plan is approved at the February Council meeting. The Capital Plan spans several financial years. The document contains detail of the estimated capital funding, any proposed revisons and a summary of the updated Plan. This link will take you to the appropriate council meeting page. The link for the February meeting includes the complete budget pack for each financial year.  

Corporate Improvement Plan - Our Improvement Plan sets out our Key Improvements and timelines for completion.

The Service Plans and Corporate Improvement Plan are visible to all Elected Members and staff through our performance management system.

Local Scrutiny Plan – every year Audit Scotland presents us with a Local Scrutiny Plan. The scrutiny plan is based on assessment of risk and sets out the scrutiny activity for the coming financial year. You can read the Local Scrutiny Plan for 2018/19 here.

Asset Management - Asset Management is the process of ensuring that the Council’s Assets are:

  • Fit for purpose
  • Used efficiently
  • Maintained on a sustainable basis
  • Matched in investment terms to service needs

We have an Asset Management Strategy and an Asset Management Plan.

Our Asset Management strategy sets out the strategic framework for implementing and managing a robust process. It ensures that the assets we provide and own are used in a fair, consistent, efficient and effective way. We take into account the social and environmental impact as well as the needs and aspirations of our people, communities, areas and the organisation.

Our Asset Management Plan ensures a linked approach between managing our assets, the councils aims and partnership working. Our aims are those detailed in our Corporate Plan, the Argyll and Bute Outcome Improvement Plan (ABOIP), our Service Plans, Live Argyll and the Argyll and Bute HSCP. The plan also details our asset groups.


You can read more of our council plans and strategies on our Plans, Policies and Key Documents page