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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
Our report last year looked at the progress councils have made so far in providing self-directed support.
Local government: challenges and performance 2018
Our annual overview of local government performance reported that finding savings is now "increasingly critical" for councils dealing with ongoing reductions in funding.
History of the Commission
The Commission's role has changed a lot since it was set up over 40 years ago. Find out about some of the challenges it has faced.
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: 13 September
Chair Graham Sharp paid tribute to Sandy Cumming at his last meeting for his many contributions in seven years’ service as a Commission member. The Commission discussed and agreed the scope for the next Local Government Overview reports and agreed a draft performance audit on progress towards Health and Social Care Integration due to be published in November this year.
Members also had briefings from Audit Scotland on professional scepticism in audit and the UK and Scottish response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy. They also agreed an approach on ethical governance and approved a draft report for benefits performance audit which will be published and shared with councils.
Minutes of this meeting will be in the papers for our next meeting and available on our website from 5 October.
The Commission next meets on 11 October.
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