Accounts Commission

The Accounts Commission is the public spending watchdog for local government. We hold councils in Scotland to account and help them improve.

We operate impartially and independently of councils and of the Scottish Government and we meet and report in public.

The Commission is responsible for coordinating and facilitating scrutiny in local government.
The Controller of Audit is a statutory post established alongside the Commission in 1975. The Controller reports to the Commission and highlights areas of concern.

Read more about the Commission's role, duties and powers (PDF | 47KB).

Latest news

South Ayrshire makes good progress

Major improvements have been made at South Ayrshire Council over the last two years, says the Accounts Commission. A new report published today charts how the council has responded to a...

Meeting dates

  • 14Jan
  • 11Feb
  • 10Mar
  • 14Apr
  • 12May
  • 09Jun
  • 11Aug
  • 08Sep
  • 06Oct
  • 10Nov
  • 08Dec

Meetings of the Accounts Commission are open to the public. As space in our meeting venue is limited, we find it helpful if you can phone ahead on 0131 625 1500. Visit our page on attending meetings for more information.

Housing benefit audit

Reports and tabletThe Accounts Commission has launched a Housing Benefit Good Practice Guide with the 2015/16 Benefit Performance Audit Annual Update. Read more...

Commission meetings

The Commission meets approximately monthly. Its meetings are open to the public.

Work programme

The Commission's work covers a wide range of issues, including: