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Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Colin Beattie (Midlothian North and Musselburgh) (SNP) I will continue that theme and give it a little twist. The report refers throughout to leadership and the inadequacies of leadership. That is repeated again and again. It is sometimes unclear whether you are talking about a lack of leadership among officers or among members.

We have menti...

Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Colin Beattie It is easy to give people technical skills, but you have talked repeatedly about leadership skills. How do we train people in that? Leadership is much more difficult to train somebody in. A lot of people would say “You’ve either got it or you don’t”, but you can give a person all the tools for leade...

Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Colin Beattie Do you see that being left entirely to individual councils to develop, is it for COSLA to try to get some kind of uniform approach, or is it something that—God forbid—should be imposed by the Government?



Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Colin Beattie There have been discussions with Audit Scotland on the auditing of ALEOs; a great deal of public funding goes into them, but it has never been quite clear how to follow the public pound, when it comes to ALEOs. Structurally, they are separate organisations, but public money in ever-increasing amount...

Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Colin Beattie That report is expected in the autumn of this year.



Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Colin Beattie I look forward to that one.



Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Colin Beattie Paragraph 97 on page 27 refers to “cash-backed reserves” and paragraph 105 on page 28 mentions that

“indebtedness increased by 45 per cent”.

It does not make a lot of sense to run up debt if you are going to have those reserves. Do you have any comment on that?



Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Colin Beattie I have one last point. Paragraph 26 on page 12 says that

“It will be some time before the full impact of welfare reform is clear.”

and yet the same paragraph goes on to say that

“welfare reform will take more than £1.6 billion out of the Scottish economy each year.”...

Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Colin Beattie In your audits of local government, are you looking at the impact of the cuts? They are bound to have a knock-on effect. You have already highlighted that

“Councils with higher levels of deprivation are likely to be hardest hit”

and that there will be

“a substantia...

Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Colin Beattie Welfare reform is almost worth an audit in itself.

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Amendment 38 moved by Alex Johnstone on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—T
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Amendment 1 moved by John Lamont on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That
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Amendment 2 moved by John Lamont on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That
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Amendment 41 moved by Alex Johnstone on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—T
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Amendment 42 moved by Mary Fee on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That th
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Amendment 5 moved by Patrick Harvie on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—Th
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Amendment 45 moved by Drew Smith on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That
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Amendment 6 moved by Margaret Burgess on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—
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Amendment 7 moved by Claudia Beamish on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—T
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Amendment 46 moved by Malcolm Chisholm on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill
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Motion S4M-10697: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10632: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10628: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10564: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10504: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10453: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10393: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10337: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10292: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10208: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03287: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03189: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20684: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03093: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02946: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02899: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/02/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-19511: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/01/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02883: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/01/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02683: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/11/2013 Show Full Question >>

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