Angus Council must be ‘more ambitious’ to achieve savings target

The Accounts Commission has informed Angus Council that it must be more ambitious in making changes if it is to achieve its savings target.

The Commission has maintained that while it has made good progress since 2010, in setting out a clear vision and improving leadership, it was still facing significant financial pressures.

The local authority must find a savings of £26.5 million over the next three years.

The council’s ability to meet its savings target will depend on the success of the change programme ‘Transforming Angus’, which was launched in 2013.

The Commission identified that cross-party relations have become increasingly fragile and recommended that more transparency was needed in the process of decision-making.

Douglas Sinclair, chair of the Accounts Commission, commented: “Angus Council is heading in the right direction as an organisation but it is only now implementing initiatives which many other councils have already done.

“If the council is going to confront increasingly tough financial challenges, it needs to get more ambitious and speed up the pace of change.”

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