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Audit Scotland Report on the Argyll and Bute Council Budget Setting Process 2016-17

That the Parliament notes Audit Scotland's report on the budget setting process of Argyll and Bute Council for 2016-17; expresses great concern that the report concludes that aspects of the process "limited the ability of elected members and the public to raise informed questions"; recommends that the council "consider the transparency of the final stages of the budget setting process and how effective it is in promoting and demonstrating scrutiny of the options" and notes that "members of the public have no evidence of the discussions and endorsement of the budget by the Chief Financial Officer"; considers these to be very serious defects, particularly in the light of what it sees as the poor performance of Argyll and Bute Council in a range of other areas and the strong local disquiet about many of its actions, particularly its continuing refusal to transfer assets to communities and others despite economic and social need, and calls on the Scottish Government to find a way to intervene with urgency in order to restore public confidence in the democratic, transparent and accountable norms that should be observed by any council and, by so doing, restore Argyll and Bute Council to organisational, managerial and political health.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, John Finnie, Christina McKelvie, Ross Greer, Maree Todd, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, David Torrance, Clare Adamson, Gillian Martin, Gil Paterson

Current Status: Fallen on 05/10/2016
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