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

'Disappointing' progress at Falkirk

Falkirk Council has been slow in grasping the nettle of tackling major challenges ahead, says the Accounts Commission. In a report out today the local authority watchdog says it is...

More savings required by councils

Councils have managed their finances well but significant challenges lie ahead, says the Accounts Commission. In its financial overview published today, the local government spending...

Meeting dates

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

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

How councils work - are you still getting it right?

round table discussionsThe Commission has published an update to its 2010 report on roles and working relationships in councils aimed at supporting councillors and officers.

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: