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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
Orkney Islands Best Value
Our December report found that Orkney Islands Council had made significant progress in recent years and needs to build on this for the future
Major capital investment
Our follow-up audit in 2016 found that councils need to improve further the way they manage major projects like schools, roads, housing and flood prevention.
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: 8 February
The latest Accounts Commission meeting focused on reviews of audit and Best Value work.
An in-depth discussion took place on the Annual Assurance and Risks Report. This report provides the Accounts Commission with assurance about the outputs from the local government audit, as reported through annual audit reports and from auditing Best Value. The discussion included the mixed picture of improvement across Scottish councils. The Commission endorsed the paper and agreed to take its conclusions into further discussion in the spring when it will consider updating its strategy.
This was followed by a detailed discussion around our review of the first year of our new approach to auditing best value. A summary of the key findings from the review was presented to members, noting that councils overall felt that our Best Value reports were a fair reflection of the situation in their local authority. In addition, the Commission considered independent research on the six councils who had undergone a new Best Value process. The six councils felt generally that our reports were fair and balanced, although the audit experience was varied.
The Commission agreed a number of improvements to the approach, to be implemented over the next year.
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.