A report published today by the local authority spending watchdog looks at how councils are using the estimated 130 ALEOs (arms-length external organisations) in Scotland, which have an...
Finding savings is now "increasingly critical" for councils dealing with ongoing reductions in funding, says the Accounts Commission. Councils are balancing a real terms funding cut of 9.6...
The Commission publishes financial audits on each council in Scotland and an annual overview report on local government, as well as individual reports about council services.
- Encourage effective reporting of performance
- Reflect the interests of the citizen, service user and communities
- Scrutinise the changing public services landscape
- Promote good practice and innovation
Some of our recent work
Early learning and childcare
Our animation reported on some of the key facts from our recent report on early learning and childcare.
Dundee City Council
We reported that a £1 million fraud perpetrated at Dundee City Council was the result of failures in fundamental controls within the council’s financial systems.
Inverclyde Council Best Value
Last year we found that Inverclyde Council had made significant improvements and needs to continue to build on those strengths for the future.
What we do
As well as auditing all local authorities in Scotland, the Commission looks at any issues arising from those audits and how well bodies are meeting Best Value duties. Find out more about each of the areas below:
Reporting on local government's financial and overall performance
Reporting on councils' duty of continuous improvement
Working with other bodies to improve the scrutiny of councils
Providing practical support to help improvement in local government
Previous meeting: 12 April
At this month’s meeting Accounts Commission members were joined by representatives from the Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF) Board and the Improvement Service, to discuss the recently published LGBF National Benchmarking Overview Report 2016/17. The report provides detailed comparative information on how councils are performing.
The Commission considered a report on councils’ use of arm’s-length external organisations (ALEOs) to deliver services, due to be published in May. Members also discussed options for the Commission’s next report in its How Councils Work series, to be published later in 2018/19.
Members also noted the publication of National Scrutiny Plan for local government 2018/19, which summarises planned strategic scrutiny work from April 2018 to March 2019 in each of Scotland’s 32 councils.
The Commission next meets on 10 May.
Interested in coming to our meetings?
Our meetings are open to the public. Find out how to attend.
Who we engage with
The public in general are our principal stakeholder but we engage with a wide range of others. Find out more about who we engage with and what our main activities are.