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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
Renfrewshire Council Best Value
Our report last year found that Renfrewshire Council continues to improve and is making encouraging progress in the performance of its services.
Major capital investment in councils
We found councils need to improve the way they manage major projects. The tableau visualisation illustrates the types of projects councils are involved in.
Changing models of health and social care
We reported that a lack of national leadership and clear planning was preventing the wider change urgently needed if Scotland’s health and social care services were to adapt to increasing pressures.
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: 11 October
Chair Graham Sharp said he was delighted to welcome newly-appointed member Sharon O’Connor for her first meeting. The Commission considered a Best Value Assurance Report on East Lothian Council.
Members discussed two briefings from Audit Scotland on child poverty, and the potential implications of EU withdrawal for public bodies. In private session, they also considered emerging messages from the Local Government Financial Overview due to be published in November.
Minutes of this meeting will be in the papers for our next meeting and available on our website from 2 November.
The Commission next meets on 8 November.
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