Council service planning

We have reviewed this council's budgeting arrangements and helped it to direct its funding to deliver against its strategic priorities.

Our initial review found that service plans were developed after the council budget was approved. Therefore the perception within the council was that service plans were directed by the budget and not vice versa.

Our report set out clear recommendations for change and improvement.  Through the implementation of these recommendations and the continued focus and development of effective budget setting, monitoring and reporting arrangements the council was able to direct its funding to successfully deliver against its strategic priorities.