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Council progress 'disappointing'

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The council was audited by the commission in 2004

Angus Council has shown "disappointing" progress on recommendations made six years ago, an audit report has found.

The Accounts Commission said the council needed "far better corporate processes" to drive improvement.

But the report also noted the authority provided good services and was well regarded by the local community.

Angus Council leader Bob Myles said the findings of the commission would be addressed by elected members and officers in a "constructive manner".

Chair of the Accounts Commission John Baillie said there were "welcome signs" that the pace at the council was picking up.

But he added: "The lack of progress on establishing independent scrutiny of the authority's performance is particularly disappointing.

"The newly-formed scrutiny and audit sub-committee is chaired by the leader of the council, which cannot be regarded as good practice."

Mr Myles said: "I am pleased that the Accounts Commission has recognised that Angus Council is delivering good value services. This reflects the high degree of satisfaction expressed by residents in the recent citizen survey.

"Audit Scotland's report also makes positive comments about the council's clear sense of direction: our good leadership of community planning and our strong financial management.

"We accept that we need to be clearer about the outcomes we expect and be able to show we have achieved them."

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