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
Children and young people's mental health
We reported that a big increase in young people being referred to mental health services and longer waiting times are signs of a system under significant pressure.
East Lothian Council Best Value
In November, we found that East Lothian Council has improved significantly but faces big challenges with a rising population.
Reporting our performance
Our annual report features the work we did last year and the reports we published.
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: 6 December
Chair Graham Sharp paid tribute to Alan Campbell, at what was his last meeting as an Accounts Commission member, for his many contributions during eight years of service.
The final Commission meeting for 2018 saw members consider and approve draft proposals for the annual refresh of the Commission’s five-year rolling work programme, which is published jointly with the Auditor General. The Commission will now consult with councils and trade unions on these proposals, ahead of publication in early spring 2019.
Members approved the 2018 Direction which sets out requirements for councils on what performance information they should be publishing for their citizens and communities. The Direction covers the next three years and will be published by the end of the year.
Members discussed and agreed a draft report on the future of housing benefit performance audit and proposals for changing the approach to this audit.
The Commission also endorsed emerging messages from the annual Local Government Overview, to be published in spring 2019. The Commission will consider the draft report in February.
Minutes of this meeting will be in the papers for our next meeting and available on our website from 4 January.
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