Moray Council Leader Comments on Best Value Audit Report

Moray Council’s Leader, Cllr Graham Leadbitter (pictured), has commented on the Accounts Commission’s Best Value Audit Report on Moray Council.

Cllr Leadbitter said:

“I am pleased that the report has identified a strength of Leadership in the timeframe of our Administration and I am grateful to councillors that have set aside differences and worked with us on critical budget, restructuring and transformation issues in the last couple of years.

“The report also identifies a number of key areas that are challenging for the Council and which will need considerable focus in the months and years ahead.

“Some of those areas, such as school attainment are already being tackled by a renewed focus on numeracy and literacy and a more in-depth, forensic assessment of attainment that enables schools to focus in on where support is most needed.

“As with Councils across Scotland and public services more generally there is growing pressure on finances, especially as people live longer and require more health and social care support.

“Again, this is an area that requires continuous work.

“A major positive is that the report identifies a renewed focus to drive forward strategic change and we will continue to focus on those leadership responsibilities that must be at the heart of what all elected councillors do.”