Wednesday, 27 January 2016 18:02

RUSSELL congratulates Sally Loudon on appointment to COSLA

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MSP urges Argyll & Bute Council to use CEO vacancy to drive major change.

Speaking after the announcement of the appointment of Sally Loudon,  Chief Executive of Argyll & Bute Council as the new Chief Executive of COSLA Michael Russell the MSP for Argyll & Bute said:

“I have already congratulated Sally on her new appointment and wish her well in it.   Local Government in Scotland is at a cross roads and the role of CEO is a crucial one at this time.  I hope she will take to COSLA a new view of how local government must be made more local, something that COSLA itself was discussing prior to the Referendum.

The potential effect of this unexpected change on Argyll & Bute is one that the Council needs to consider carefully.   I would urge the Council Leader not to drive forward a quick new appointment but instead to work across the Council to seek radical new solutions to improve local democracy and save money.

I would be happy to work with him to draw up appropriate proposals for different management structures and decentralisation which have been the subject of local discussion across Argyll & Bute for some considerable time and which will also help the Council to meet the budgetary challenges with which it is presently struggling and about the effects of which there is huge public disquiet and concern.

The way forward does not lie in implementing the so called "Service Choices" agenda which is seriously weakening the Council and the area but instead in reforming the Council itself and how it delivers services.  There is now a new chance to do so.  It is not to be missed."