In a report out today, the Accounts Commission makes clear the significant progress that West Dunbartonshire Council has made in recent years. The report from the local authority spending...
In a report out today, the Accounts Commission highlights that East Ayrshire Council is performing well, services are improving, and there is strong partnership working. The report from...
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 e-hub features a video and guide to childcare in Scotland based on the findings from our early learning and childcare report.
East Ayrshire Best Value
Our recent report found that East Ayrshire Council is performing well, services are improving, and there is strong partnership working.
New Commission members appointed
The Minister for Local Government and Housing has announced the appointment of Andrew Cowie, Andrew Burns, Sharon O’Connor and Christine Lester as members of the Accounts Commission. Find out more about the new appointments.
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: 7 June
The Commission considered and agreed to reach findings on a Best Value Assurance Report on West Dunbartonshire Council.
Members also approved a draft national performance audit report on Children and Young People’s Mental Health and endorsed a report on the National Fraud Initiative.
They agreed options for the approach to the Commission’s next two flagship Overview reports, an update on the work of the Strategic Scrutiny Group of the Commission’s local government scrutiny partners, and the Commission’s response to the Scottish Government/CoSLA consultation on the early learning and childcare service model. The Commission next meets on August 9.
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