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'Bullying' at Aberdeen City Council reported

Some senior officials at Aberdeen City Council feel they have been bullied or harassed by elected members, it has been claimed.

An independent report, to be discussed next week, says some councillors made critical and sometimes inaccurate remarks about council officers or their work at committee meetings.

The behaviour from a small number of councillors was described as "unacceptable".

Recommendations have been put forward.

'Best possible'

An Aberdeen City Council spokesperson said: "The report to be considered by the audit and risk committee next week recognises that sustained and significant progress has been made over the past few years to improve the governance of Aberdeen City Council.

"Working relationships between officers and elected members are generally positive and constructive, as the report states - but as in all large and complex organisations, there is always room for improvement.

"The very fact that the city council commissioned this report demonstrates a clear recognition of the need to make further progress.

"Officers and elected members are committed to continue to work constructively together to ensure we remain focused on providing the best possible services for our citizens."

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