Depute Chief Executives' Update: Issue 19/2021

Dear All

Welcome to our latest Depute Chief Executive Update.  Hard to believe it is October already, Autumn feels well and truly here.  As always, I hope that you and your families are safe and well. 

Last week saw the publication of our latest Best Value Audit Report.  Despite the COVID-19 challenges of the past 18 months, which continue to impact service delivery, we are delighted that this Best Value Report recognises that areas such as workforce planning and financial management are effective and very much focused on our Council priorities. There was also reference to good leadership and performance management and high levels of customer satisfaction. 

The Council Leadership and our Corporate Management Team were delighted with the report, which is testament to the fantastic efforts of all of you - thank you - and provides us with a strong base to steer the Council through COVID-19 recovery and review our priorities for the months and years ahead.

You can read our media release on the Best Value Audit in the news section of the Council website and see the full East Dunbartonshire Audit Report on the Audit Scotland website.

Now on with our usual news updates from the past few weeks:

News from the Council

Keep Safe, Keep Testing

Our Community Testing Bus is being serviced this week, and whilst it is off the road, the community testing facility at the War Memorial Hall in Bishopbriggs is still available for anyone living, working or visiting East Dunbartonshire to get tested if they do not have symptoms. Opening hours have changed from Monday 4 October and are now 9.30am to 5.00pm with the last test at 4.30pm.

Please remember that if you do have symptoms you must not visit community testing sites, you should self-isolate and book a PCR test through NHS inform.

Unanimous Council agreement to support Afghan Resettlement
At the Council meeting on 27 September there was unanimous agreement from   councillors to support the Afghan Resettlement scheme with a commitment to relocate up to four families here in East Dunbartonshire.  Planning is now progressing to put all the support measures in place so that we can welcome families who have had to flee Afghanistan. You can read more on the news page of the Council website.

Mosshead Primary School fundraising activities for cancer charities
Staff and pupils at Mosshead Primary School have been taking big strides to raise funds for charity in the last few weeks. On the 14 and 15 September they took part in a sponsored walk and to date they have raised a whopping £2337 for the Beatson.  Anyone who would like to donate can still do so on their just giving page

And as if that wasn’t enough walking for charity – the staff also took part in the Shine 10km walk for Cancer Research and have raised a staggering £4558 so far. Donations can still be made here

Congratulations to all the staff and the pupils for all their efforts to raise money for such worthwhile charities. 

New criteria for licensed premises
East Dunbartonshire Licensing Board is bringing in additional criteria to help ensure safety and prevent public nuisance. At a meeting on Friday (17 September), the Board agreed to adopt a Supplementary Statement of Licensing Policy – setting out criteria it will consider when licensed premises apply for later opening hours on a Friday and Saturday, including late night transport arrangements for employees. For full details, visit the news section of our website.

Water tribute to pioneering engineer
Joint Council Leaders Vaughan Moody and Andrew Polson supported the unveiling of a new tribute to John Bateman, the man who revolutionised Glasgow’s water supply, at Milngavie Reservoirs on Friday 1 October. Visit the Scottish Water website for more information.

Local Housing Strategy engagement survey
The Local Housing Strategy is due for review and residents are being asked to share their views on the housing issues that matter most to them. The Strategy will set out the vision for delivering new housing and housing services for the next five years (2022-2027). The survey will run throughout October and is available on the Council website, with the aim of identifying the housing priorities of local residents and communities.

You can view the survey here:

Understanding the Whats and Whys of Parking in East Dunbartonshire
A Draft Parking Management Plan has been prepared in response to parking concerns raised through previous local transport consultations. The draft plan explains the range of legislation which controls how parking is managed locally, as well as detailing the various groups involved. It will be published on the Council website from Tuesday October 5 and includes an opportunity to make comments on two specific areas of policy – proposals for a pilot scheme to manage parking near schools and parking in and around railway stations.

The consultation is live from today and you can view it from the Active Consultations page of the Council website.

Employee Wellbeing - Healthy Working Lives news for October

The October Healthy Working Lives Update will be published this week to the Employee Zone of the website (in the Wellbeing section) and we will issue an Employee News to provide highlights, and confirm when this is available.

Remember there is a wealth of information and support in the Wellbeing section of the Employee Zone, including details of our Employee Assistance Programme.

Other News

Power of Attorney Leaflet
East Dunbartonshire HSCP and the East Dunbartonshire Public Service User and Carers (PSUC) group have created a Power of Attorney (PoA) leaflet which highlights important information on the benefits of having a PoA in place. 

The leaflet covers all aspects of giving legal authority to others to make decisions on your behalf and answers important questions including; ‘what is a Power of Attorney?’, ‘why should you have a Power of Attorney?’ and ‘who can you appoint to be your attorney?’

The leaflet is available in GP practices, libraries and community hubs and is available to download here.

Do you get asked about money? 
Do you support people by providing any form of money guidance or advice? If so, there is a new group to promote the development of skills and knowledge. The Money Guiders network runs events at which you can talk with people from across the voluntary, third and public sectors in Scotland. It also provides access to online learning opportunities and other resources. For more information, visit Money Guiders network - Scotland.

Dates for your Diary

1-31 October     Black History Month
1-31 October     Breast Cancer Awareness Month
1-31 October     International Walk to School Month
7 October           Education Committee
11-15 October   School October Week Holiday
14 October         P&R Committee
28 October         Special Council Meeting

As always, my continued thanks to you all – stay safe and keep well. The next fortnightly DCE Update is back after the October school holiday week on Monday 18 October.