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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
East Ayrshire Council Best Value
Our report found that East Ayrshire Council is performing well, services are improving, and there is strong partnership working.
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.
Our engagement work
We engage with a wide range of stakeholders and work with each of them in different ways. Read more about our 2018/19 engagement plan.
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: 10 January
Chair Graham Sharp warmly welcomed new member Christine Lester to her first Accounts Commission meeting. Members discussed in depth the Controller of Audit’s Annual Assurance and Risks Report for local government. The Commission can use the themes in this report to help shape its flagship local government overview report to be published in Spring. They also considered an interesting briefing on the 2019/20 Scottish Government budget.
In private session, the Commission was given an update on the work of the Strategic Scrutiny Group, which co-ordinates the work of all the bodies that scrutinise councils.
Minutes of this meeting will be in the papers for our next meeting and available on our website from 1 February.
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