East Lothian Council

Council annual public performance report 2013/14

Published Friday 3rd October 14

John Muir House

Council's performance on track for delivering 5-year council plan

East Lothian Council’s Annual Performance Report for 2013/14 shows the council is on track for delivering the five-year Council Plan adopted in 2012.

The report was presented to elected members and debated at the Policy and Performance Review Committee on 23 September and shows performance against the four main objectives of the Council Plan.

East Lothian Council Leader, Willie Innes, said:

“It’s now two years since the council approved an ambitious plan setting out what it aims to achieve over a five year period to improve the quality of life for local people.

“The Plan commits the council to four objectives that will make East Lothian a better place:

· Growing our Economy

· Growing our People

· Growing our Communities

· Growing the Capacity of the council to deliver

“This report outlined the progress we have made towards achieving the objectives and commitments we set out and I’m pleased to note that we have made good progress towards our goals.

“However, given the national economic position and the ‘flat cash’ grant settlement the council has to work within very tight limits. This has meant it has had to reduce budgets in order to continue to focus on priorities. One of the consequences of having to find budget savings in 2013/14 was the offer of voluntary early release to staff which resulted in just under 100 council staff leaving. We also had to find savings from our day-to-day expenditure on supplies and services.  It has been against this background of making significant internal change that we have maintained and improved our performance.

“I am really pleased at the council’s achievements over the last year such as:

· Delivering jobs and training opportunities through East Lothian works including over 30 work experience and modern apprenticeship opportunities in the council

· Supporting over 200 new business start ups

· Increasing payments to foster carers and supporting more foster care and kincare placements for vulnerable children

· Enhancing respite services for older people

· Successfully introducing the Scottish Welfare Fund and delivering support for people affected by the Housing Benefit under occupancy rule

· Completing the new care home in Tranent

· Building 120 new council houses

· Establishing six Area Partnerships which will take on devolved decision making and budget responsibilities

· Being awarded Investor in People status.

“With our committed workforce we will continue to make progress in achieving our objectives despite the fact that financial pressures will not get any easier over the next year. The council remains committed to developing more efficient ways of delivering services in order to ensure that services improve and we do all we can to work together for a better East Lothian.”

Information contained within the report was drawn from the council’s Key Performance Indicators, from audit and inspection reports and from other reports to council committees. Audit Scotland carried out an evaluation of East Lothian Council’s Annual Public Performance Reports and the results of this work were reported to the Accounts Commission in June 2014 which cited the council’s 2012/13 Annual Performance Report as an example of good practice in four areas:

  • Structured approach to public performance reporting
  • Effective use of customer satisfaction information
  • Responsiveness to its communities
  • Reporting of revenues and service costs.

Full details of the Council Plan 2012 – 2017 and the Draft Annual Performance Report can be found online.

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