Importance of scrutiny body emphasised

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Angus Council depute leader Paul Valentine has highlighted the vital role played by the authority’s Scrutiny and Audit Committee.

Councillor Valentine’s comments follow calls in the press to scrap the committee.

He said: “The outlook for public spending remains challenging for the foreseeable future and it has never been more important for the council to ensure that it is achieving good value for money in all the services it delivers to the people of the county.

“Effective scrutiny is central in ensuring that our finances are used properly, efficiently and effectively. To achieve this, the cross-party members of the Scrutiny and Audit Committee take a rigorous approach in reviewing the work of the council. As well as monitoring overall council performance in areas such as sickness absence, the committee has also established scrutiny panels with a wide-ranging remit to look in depth at services, find out how they are being delivered, and make recommendations for change if necessary. Those members who are involved in this process take their responsibilities very seriously and work hard to meet our objectives of establishing value for money and continuous improvement within a strong governance framework.

“This approach is supported and encouraged on a national level by Audit Scotland, and will ultimately benefit the people of Angus as we seek to provide the cost-effective services they desire.”