Best value

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.