Council slips down ranks
Latest league table results are poor
Housing, children’s services and adult social care have all deteriorated in the past year according to the figures in a new report.
West Dunbartonshire Council has slipped down the rankings in a league table which compares the performance of local authorities across Scotland.
All Scottish councils are scrutinised through the Local Government Benchmark Framework, which brings together scores covering information about a wide range of services as well as service costs and customer satisfaction results.
It allows local authorities across the country to be compared and the figures refer to the council’s performance in 2015/16.
Of the 77 indicators, it performed better than the Scottish average for 25 — but worse for 52.
The council performed worse compared to its figures the previous year — scoring worse for 42 of them and doing only 19 better.
A report, which is to be discussed at an audit and performance review committee today (Wednesday), reads: “The main service areas seeing deterioration in performance against previous years were housing, economic development, children’s services and adult social care.
“In children’s services and housing areas, performance locally is also worse than the Scotland figure.”
The report states work is already underway to improve the scores.
In children’s services, the council scored worse in nine categories — placing in the bottom quarter in most of the indicators.
It spends a higher amount per pupil than the Scottish average and is penalised for this in the rankings — scoring 27th out of 32 councils.
The council also dropped six places for the percentage of pupils gaining five or more awards at level five.
But it is performing well in terms of how it supports pupils from deprived areas and is third in Scotland for the number of pupils from povertystricken backgrounds who succeed at five or more awards over level five.
The council features in the bottom rankings for staff sickness days and is the fourth worst, with the average employee taking 13 days off in 2015/16, compared to the Scottish average of 10.
It also falls short when it comes to council tax collection — fifth worst in the country.
Customer satisfaction is high in terms of adult social care, with the council ranking top for the percentage of adults who rate the service as excellent or good.
But it’s at the bottom end of the scale when it comes to how much it costs to attend sports facilities and parks. It costs an average of £7 per person to attend facilities, compared to an average of £3 in Scotland.
The council performed worse across all of its housing indicators compared to the previous year - moving down 20 places for the percentage of council homes which are energy efficient.
Last year it was ranked top in Scotland, with every council house being deemed energy efficient - it now has 94 percent of green homes.
The council struggles when it comes to rent arrears and moved down two places to 26th. It fails to collect almost 10 percent of rent — compared to the Scottish figure of six percent.