In its Best Value Assurance Report, published last year, the Accounts Commission highlighted that governance arrangements, decision-making processes, leadership and scrutiny at East Lothian Council had improved since it last reported in 2007.
The report highlighted that:
The council has delivered and planned for further local population growth, with a well-supported vision and improvement framework. Improvement activity and embracing the digital agenda is coordinated through its Transformation Programme
Financial management is effective with a budget-setting process focused on the council’s priorities - growing our economy, growing our people, growing our communities and growing our capacity
Strong links are in place with partners and the council works well and engages effectively with local communities
Most local residents are happy with services provided by the council, with high overall satisfaction
The council is achieving or exceeding its targets for most indicators.
In delivering its vision, recommendations from the Accounts Commission included that East Lothian Council:
Works with the East Lothian Partnership to agree outcome measures and report on progress in reducing inequalities and supporting the economy
Continues to report the benefits transformation projects are having; prioritise and ensure they deliver the expected benefits and the savings being realised
Continues to focus on improving education performance for all children and young people in East Lothian
Builds on its good arrangements for scrutiny
In line with its agreed workforce plan, prepares individual service workforce plans to consider how it will manage changes in services and staffing levels
Ensures community and third party organisations continue to have the opportunity to shape council strategic planning at an early stage and tells local people how feedback has been used
Continues to support local area partnerships in focusing on priority actions.