Scotland's 32 councils have managed budgets well over the last year but face a difficult time ahead, says the Accounts Commission. In its annual financial overview published today, the...
Dumfries and Galloway Council has made good progress and needs to take this further to meet the challenges it is facing, says the Accounts Commission. A report published today by the local...
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
Equal pay in Scottish councils
Our report found that implementing equal pay remains a challenge for local government in Scotland more than a decade after the process was agreed.
Fife Council Best Value
Last year we found that Fife Council was continuing to improve and had tackled aspects of underperformance head on.
How councils work
Our ‘how councils work’ series of reports aims to stimulate change and provide practical support to help councils continue improving their performance.
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
Reporting on councils' benefit services
Auditing the accounts of all councils in Scotland
Previous meeting: 10 January
Chair Graham Sharp warmly welcomed new member Christine Lester to her first Accounts Commission meeting. Members discussed in depth the Controller of Audit’s Annual Assurance and Risks Report for local government. The Commission can use the themes in this report to help shape its flagship local government overview report to be published in Spring. They also considered an interesting briefing on the 2019/20 Scottish Government budget.
In private session, the Commission was given an update on the work of the Strategic Scrutiny Group, which co-ordinates the work of all the bodies that scrutinise councils.
Minutes of this meeting will be in the papers for our next meeting and available on our website from 1 February.
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.
Who we engage with:
- Audit Scotland
- Auditor General
- Parliament and Government: Government ministers, MSPs, Parliament committees
- Local government: councils, joint boards, COSLA, SLGP, SOLACE, Improvement Service
- Councils' community planning partners: public, private and third sectors, local communities
- Other stakeholders: Equalities and Human Rights Commission, other UK audit and scrutiny bodies, professional bodies, trade unions
- Press and broadcasting media
- Scrutiny partners
- Private sector audit firms