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Earlier this week, councillors at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar were warned they must provide leadership and clear priorities if the organisation is to improve public services and address significant financial and workforce challenges. 

The Accounts Commission, the independent body that holds councils to account, said it is seriously concerned about the need for necessary improvements.

While the Comhairle has improved education services and grown the local economy, its redesign of services has resulted in fewer savings than expected, and the pace of change has been too slow. It said the performance of, and public satisfaction with, some services has dropped over the past five years. 

To give us more details, Accounts Commission chairman William Moyes has been speaking to isles journalist Iain MacIver: