William Eichler 30 August 2016

Scottish council to review 120 functions

The Highland Council is preparing to review over a hundred council functions to identify ‘efficiencies and cost reductions’.

The council’s Redesign Board, set up last April to make proposals on redesigning the council’s operations, identified 120 functions to be reviewed prior to a full council meeting in September.

‘It is good practice for any organisation or business to regularly review its activities to look for opportunities for improvements and income growth, and to identify where there can be efficiencies and cost reductions,’ said convenor Isobel McCallum.

‘Our aim is to streamline how our services are delivered through more efficient ways of working.’

‘This is a careful and managed approach to exploring how we deliver our services, involving our staff, our communities and the public,’ she added.

Vice convener Cllr Bill Lobban said: ‘The board is open to a range of options and we welcome input from the public, partners and our staff whilst also taking into consideration the impact of any future national reviews and programmes.’

‘Once council has approved the areas for review and how they will be prioritised, the board will consider which reviews should take place first.’

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