Council’s assurance and improvement plan

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The latest review of council services in Aberdeenshire reveals a positive picture – with no areas of significant risk and evidence of good performance and improvement in a number of areas.

The Assurance and Improvement Plan (AIP) states that the council is achieving good outcomes for the community it serves.

The Plan sets out the planned scrutiny activity for the council based on a shared risk assessment undertaken by a local area network (LAN) made up of representatives of all the main local government audit and inspection agencies.

It was first published in July 2010 and was updated in May 2011. This latest update is the result of a shared risk assessment which drew evidence from a range of sources, including annual reports from the council’s external auditors, performance and self-evaluation data and inspection reports.

The report reveals some areas of uncertainty including performance management, services for homeless people, leadership and culture, challenge and improvement, competitiveness and managing people.

The council has developed an action plan to tackle each of these areas, many of which reflect the current financial circumstances of the council which is facing reduced funding and a reduction in the workforce.