Provost pleads poverty
Inspectors will sweep in next week to assess the authority fully after previous partial reviews paved the way for country-wide inspections.
Raymond Bisset, the council's provost, said: "I don't think it's any secret the council is financed pound;11 million below the local authority average and since 1996 has had to cut pound;73 million out of the budget. That impacts across our services."
Mr Bisset asked: "Do the inspectorate take that into consideration when an authority is being inspected, because I think it is important. Or do they just analyse on the basis of where we were in 1999 and the follow-up inspection?"