What is Best Value?

The duty of Best Value is a statutory duty that applies to all public bodies, including all councils.

Best Value ensures "that there is good governance and effective management of resources, with a focus on improvement, to deliver the best possible outcomes for the public" (Audit Scotland).

As part of its Best Value duty, West Dunbartonshire Council must be able to demonstrate a focus on continuous improvement in performance across all services. The duty covers these themes:

  • Vision and leadership
  • Governance and accountability
  • Effective use of resources
  • Partnerships and collaborative working
  • Working with communities
  • Sustainability
  • Fairness and equality

Best Value Thematic Work

West Dunbartonshire Council’s Best Value Thematic Work was published in October 2023 and considered by Council on 20th December 2023.

Best Value Annual Report

The accounts Commission have put in place arrangements for review of progress against the statutory duties, discharged through Audit Scotland. Nationally, a new approach to the audit of Best Value has been implemented within the annual audit work that is carried out in Councils. You can find the most recent Annual Report on West Dunbartonshire Council on the audit Scotland website.

For more information on the duty of Best Value. Read the latest government guidance. There's an annual scrutiny of the Council's arrangements for Best Value as part of the yearly external audit process.