Council decides its own way forward

Scottish Borders Council will make a decision today about how it operates in future.

In a report put to all councillors they are told: “Making changes will ensure that members feel more connected to the work of the whole organisation and feel empowered to fulfil their role as guardians of democracy, challenging the information given to them in reports where necessary and to allow them to make informed decisions with confidence.”

What is being suggested is that they move to what is described as an executive “including a themed executive format”.

The “themes” would be education, finance, performance and economic development, with specific services no longer having a committee but being incorporated into the executive.

After being disbanded in 2012 it looks like a return to favour for a stand alone scrutiny committee.