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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
Local government: challenges and performance 2018
Our latest overview report includes a tableau visualisation illustrating data about councils' spending and performance.
Our last report that educational attainment is improving overall in Scotland, but there is a need to close the gap between the lowest and highest performing pupils.
Statutory reports highlight any significant issues which have been found during the annual audit of a council's accounts.
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.