Stirling Council’s services largely perform well, and the council manages its resources effectively. It now needs to get better at identifying where and how it needs to change to meet...
Systems to prevent public money being lost to mistakes and fraud in Scotland's councils may be becoming strained, says Scotland’s public spending watchdog for local government. The...
About us and our work
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.
Our strategy and annual action plan outlines our priorities for the coming year. Read more about our strategy.
Find out more about what we do in our short video.
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Some of our recent work
Local government: Challenges and performance 2019
Our report found that Scotland’s councils are managing to improve and maintain most services, but with possible reduced funding in future, they need to think differently about how they deliver services to the public.
Clackmannanshire Council Best Value
Clackmannanshire Council must take urgent and decisive action to sort out its financial problems, we reported last year.
Meet our members
Commission members, the Chair and Deputy Chair are appointed by Scottish ministers. Find out more about who they are on our members page.
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: 11 April
The Commission was joined at its April meeting by Stirling Council’s Chief Executive, Carol Beattie, and its Chief Finance Officer, Jim Boyle.
A Best Value report on Stirling Council was presented to the Commission. Members discussed this in private session following consideration of the Controller of Audit’s report, the outcome of which will be reported as soon as possible.
They also considered a report on Local Government Independent Auditor’s Reports and the new Code of Audit Practice and audit procurement. The final item on the agenda was a draft report on mainstreaming equality and equality outcomes progress.
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