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ACTION DEMANDED ON COUNCIL LOSSES IN KIRKCALDY AND NORTH EAST FIFE

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Following a Scottish Office probe into property maintenance losses incurred by Kirkcaldy and North East Fife DCs, I...
Following a Scottish Office probe into property maintenance losses incurred by Kirkcaldy and North East Fife DCs, Ian Lang, Scottish secretary, today ordered both councils to produce a business plan for the more efficient running of their property maintenance departments.

Investigations by The Scottish Office revealed that Kirkcaldy DC lost £489,000 on its property maintenance work last year. North East Fife made losses of £176,000 on such work over the same period.

Allan Stewart, Scottish local government minister, said: 'Local taxpayers in both districts should not be subsidising inefficient workforces and management. The Secretary of State's action compels the two councils to stem their building maintenance losses or face tough consequences.

'Financial targets have been imposed on local authorities carrying out work such as property maintenance to ensure that local taxpayers get value for money from local services. We are determined to see that they do so and will not hesitate to take stronger action when required.'
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