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Grampian Police and the Grampian Joint Police Board have an effective working relationship and a shared vision for policing in the area, but some areas still need development.

These pamphlets cover a selection of the indicators from the main report. There are five pamphlets, designed to make the information more accessible to the public, highlighting indicators of particular interest or importance. Showing information on brigades times to respond to fire and road traffic incidents, and police forces clear-up rates for crimes and offences.

The NHS in Scotland has improved how it manages prescribing in general practice during a period when it has faced considerable pressures. Spending on drugs has fallen in real terms over the past seven years despite the volume of prescriptions rising significantly.

The report shows that nearly nine out of ten food hygiene inspections in higher risk premises are undertaken within time, 94% of complaints noise complaints were dealt with within three days and about 90% of trading standards complaints were investigated and settled within a month.

The Scottish Executive must continue to improve the way it manages information technology to support care in the NHS in Scotland, however doing this involves a major cultural shift for the NHS in Scotland and will take time.

Five year progress report on Audit Scotland's Carbon Management Plan

This report on hospital catering found that up to 6 million of the 55 million spent on hospital catering services each year could be released if procedures were tightened up and local policies on subsidies reviewed. This money could increase the average amount spent on patient food by up to 75p or pay for nutritional screening for patients.

Shetland Islands Council has made good progress in implementing its improvement plan. It now has many of the building blocks needed to provide Best Value. New political management arrangements and management structures are in place and the council is developing a culture of continuous improvement. However aspects of financial management continue to be of significant concern.

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