Assets

Performance - council properties used to deliver services

Council performance

Operational accommodation suitable for current use and in satisfactory condition

Each council has its own mix of properties used for service provision which vary depending on factors, such as settlement pattern and population density. However, it is important both to employees and service users that these properties are maintained in a reasonable condition and that they are suitable for the service provided. Factors that may affect performance in the following indicators include variations in the assessment process, the mix of properties in use, and the extent to which councils are constrained by the use of listed buildings where possible modification is limited.

IndicatorIdeal directionActual 2010/11Actual 2011/12Actual 2012/13Actual 2013/14Actual 2014/15Actual 2015/16Actual 2016/17Actual 2017/18Target 2017/18Progress status
Council ssets - % operational buildings that are suitable for their current usePerformance arrow - up 75.7%77.9%79.8%79.4%80.6%82.4%82.6%81.9%83%Performance status - green
 Scotland comparisons70.8%74.8%75.9%78.2%78.9%79.6%79.8%81.0%  
 Family group comparisons76.9%78.9%80.5%81.0%78.4%79.0%76.7%80.4%  
  • In North Lanarkshire, this indicator has seen year on year increase in the number of buildings suitable for their current use.  In 2017/18 there were 85.2% buildings suitable for current use (480 out of 586).  This is similar to the previous year - 82.6% (for 441 out of 534 buildings).
  • Figures in North Lanarkshire show a consistent trend that is above the national average (81%) and also our family group average (80.4%). 
  • Across councils in Scotland the range varies from 66% to 96%; rural councils generally have significantly lower levels of buildings suitable for their current use.
  • The council reassesses the suitability of the operational property portfolio on an ongoing basis, the indicator can be influenced by multiple variables such as when new properties are taken on or disposed of. 
IndicatorIdeal directionActual 2010/11Actual 2011/12Actual 2012/13Actual 2013/14Actual 2014/15Actual 2015/16Actual 2016/17Actual 2017/18Target 2017/18Progress status
Council assets - % of internal floor area of operational buildings that is in satisfactory conditionPerformance arrow - up 72.4%76.4%82.9%71.7%73.2%76.3%84.7%86.6%77%Performance status - blue
 Scotland comparisons81.3%82.7%82.6%80.9%82.6%81.5%84.5%86.3%  
 Family group comparisons84.5%83.9%883.8%76.4%79.4%79.0%84.8%86.6%  
  • In North Lanarkshire, this indicator has seen levels of performance that have remained relatively steady - in 2017/18 there was 86.6% of operational accommodation in a satisfactory condition (668,281 out of 772,022 metres squared).  This is a higher propoertion that 84.7% in 2016/17 (679,610 out of 802,195 metres squared).
  • Figures in North Lanarkshire show a trend similar to both the national average figure (86.3%) and our family group average figure (86.6%). 
  • Across councils in Scotland the range varies from 52% to 100%.
  • The condition of the operational portfolio is based on survey data collected once every five years. This allows properties to be targeted for improvement through the council's ongoing asset management strategy and has led to increased levels of outstanding maintenance being identified in certain buildings. 

The above performance information represents a subset of North Lanarkshire's performance in terms of assets; this represents those performance measures that can be compared across all councils in Scotland through the Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF)

Our family group noted comprises councils with whom our performance is most comparable in terms of demographic conditions.

For these indicators our family group comprises eight of the most densely populated council areas in Scotland - Aberdeen City Council, Dundee City Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, City of Edinburgh Council, Falkirk Council, Glasgow City Council, West Dunbartonshire Council, and North Lanarkshire Council.

What the council is doing to improve services

Work is ongoing to ensure the continued improvement in the use of our assets in North Lanarkshire, current priorities include:

  • Implementing the new Corporate Property Asset Management Model following a review of the council's strategic asset management practices.
  • Rationalising the council's corporate property stock, including promoting smarter working to reduce property costs.
  • Making more efficient use of the council's office accommodation portfolio to ensure a reduced footprint and resultant reduction in property and energy costs.
  • Working with community and voluntary organisations to provide support in terms of Community Asset Transfers.  Through this process we explore ways in which community and voluntary organisations might take responsibility for owning, leasing or managing their own premises, or other type of facility.

How the public can get involved

For any queries, or further details regarding the performance information on this page, please contact the Business Solutions team.

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Further information

Local councils provide a wide range of services for their communities; the online data tool, My Local Council, provides further information and comparisons on these services to show how councils across Scotland are performing.

Key to symbols
Ideal directionProgress status
The targeted direction of an indicator is the way we aim to see performance results change overtime.  The two options are as follows:We assess the progress of each of our indicators by comparing the latest performance results to target.  The traffic light system used to assess progress is noted below:
Performance arrow - up
  • high figures are good for this indicator
  • we aim to see an upward trend
Performance status - green
  • performance is on target and/or within the acceptable thresholds
Performance arrow - down
  • low figures are good for this indicator
  • we aim to see a downward trend
Performance status - red
  • performance does not meet the target set and is outwith the acceptable thresholds
  Performance status - blue
  • performance surpasses the target and exceeds expectations

For any queries, or further details regarding the performance information on this page, please contact the Business Solutions team.

 

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