Council set to meet future service demands

STRONG partnership working in Angus means the county is well placed to meet the future demands on public service delivery, according to council leader Bob Myles.

Councillor Myles was speaking after the publication last week of the Christie Commission’s report into the future delivery of public services in Scotland.

He broadly welcomed the report’s findings and in particular the recognition of the vital part that partnership working plays in delivering public services – something which, he said, is already firmly embedded in Angus.

He said: “The public sector in Scotland is diverse and delivers society’s most valued services. These include helping our children to learn, protecting and caring for people who are vulnerable and providing essential day to day services that allow people to work, live in and visit our communities.

“In Angus we firmly believe that no public sector body acting alone can deliver many of the public-facing services needed by communities; successful delivery of local services will only be achieved through the effective integration of public services operating at a local level.

“For the past 10 years, community planning and partnership working have been at the heart of our vision for the delivery of first-class services in Angus and in meeting the needs of our communities.

“I welcome the fact that the commission has not recommended wholesale reorganisation of local government, and recognise that the future direction of public services should be agencies working together on the ground, using their local knowledge to meet the needs of their communities.

“Overall the report gives us a framework to meet the financial and service delivery challenges facing local government, and to deliver better outcomes for Scotland’s people. It acknowledges that there are no quick fixes, and that we must take a long-term approach to ensure that any reforms are well thought out and implemented.”