Shetland Islands Council agrees review after report


Councillors in Shetland have agreed a root and branch review of the island authority.

It follows the Accounts Commission saying earlier this year the council had "serious problems" and needed to change.

Members backed a radical improvement plan drawn up by new council chief executive Alistair Buchan.

Among the key proposals are a training programme for members to help create more effective political leadership.

Scotland's financial watchdog's report followed a controversial pay-off to the council's former chief executive earlier this year.

David Clark left with a tax-free golden handshake of about £285,000 in February.

The report said the council had problems with leadership, financial management and accountability.

Dozens of people took to the streets of Lerwick in February to protest over the handling of Mr Clark's departure, after his nine-month spell in the job.

The Accounts Commission held a two-day public hearing into the affair in June, when it emerged that the bulk of Mr Clark's pay-off had been for personal injury.

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