East Lothian Council

New Scottish Councils benchmarking project welcomed

Published Thursday 7th March 13

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New performance project launched

A new approach to comparing performance and outcomes of all 32 Scottish local authorities launched today (7 March 2013) has been welcomed by East Lothian Council. The purpose of the Local Government Benchmarking Project is to help councils understand their performance and how other comparable authorities achieve their results.

Council Leader Willie Innes, said:

“The data providing cost and performance data for key public services such as education, social care and roads maintenance will be used by the Council to drive up performance. The information will allow us to compare our services against best practice in other councils and help us identify where we might be able to improve how we deliver services.” 

The project is based on 55 indicators across major service areas and a full report on the indicators including analysis of how East Lothian is doing compared to other councils will be considered by the Council’s Policy Performance and Review Committee in April.

The Benchmarking Project is the result of work carried out by the Society of Local Authority Chief executives (SOLACE) and the Improvement Service. Further details of the project and the full list of indicators can be viewed at: http://www.improvementservice.org.uk/benchmarking/    

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