There can be no doubt that these are very critical reports. The shortcomings identified are unacceptable and we will move swiftly to put arrangements in place to secure the necessary improvements.
The fact that both of these authorities have been found in need of special measures is a damning reflection.
Despite the differences in their demographic context and the challenges the authorities face both are judged to be unsatisfactory in their current performance and in their prospects for improvement.
I intend to intervene in both authorities in order to put the necessary arrangements and support in place to secure improvement as quickly as possible. I have a range of options.
I am considering the establishment of independent recovery boards to oversee the improvements needed, monitor progress made and provide accountability.
A further option I am considering is the handing over of some or all of the executive functions in relation to education services to another body.
I will provide a further update to Members outlining decisions and actions in the coming weeks.
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