Placing package in skyports drone

New ways of working

Welcome back to weekly updates. I hope you have all had a chance over the summer for some well-earned relaxation.

This week I’d like to mention the Verity House Agreement –something that I’ve been asked about by employees, and something you’ll be hearing more about in future.

The Verity House Agreement in brief is about establishing new ways for councils and the Scottish Government to work together. This includes giving councils more flexibility and choice in how we use our funding. For example, as you may know, funding from the Scottish Government can often be ring-fenced for specific initiatives. There can be huge differences however between what communities in different council areas need. Having flexibility in what we use funding for will support councils in doing the job we need to for our particular communities.

Discussions continue nationally between the Scottish Government and COSLA about the detail of the Agreement and bringing it into practice.  I’ll keep you up-to-date with progress. You can read more about it just now on COSLA’s website.

You’ll also see there that the finalists for the COSLA excellence awards have been announced and I am delighted that Argyll and Bute Council is one of only eleven councils shortlisted – for our use of drones to deliver school meals (a UK first). Well done to Moya Ingram, Christine Boyle, Jayne Jones and everyone in Fergus Murray’s and Ross Mclaughlin’s teams for this achievement!

Podcast- environmental health in Argyll and Bute

The council provides a huge, diverse range of services. This week I have the pleasure of finding out what makes Argyll and Bute a great place to be an Environmental Health Officer, in my chat with Alan Morrison, Regulatory Services and Building Standards Manager, and retiring Environmental Health Manager, Iain MacKinnon, who reflects on his 45-year-long career in our Environmental Health service.

Wishing you all a great weekend.

Pippa

Pippa Milne

Chief Executive