Depute Leader highlights vital role of scrutiny and audit committee

Pictured is Paul Valentine

Pictured is Paul Valentine

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Following calls for Angus Council’s scrutiny and audit committee to be scrapped, Depute Leader, Paul Valentine has emphasised the vital role it plays.

Councillor Valentine said he was concerned to read of calls for the committee to be scrapped given its importance in supporting good performance, value for money and delivery of agreed outcome.

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.”

Brechin and Edzell Councillor Jim Houston, who also sits on the committee, echoed the importance of the committee at the City of Brechin and District Community Council meeting last week, adding: “It makes us more accountable which we need to be as elected members.”