Accounts Commission annual report 2015/16

Our year

our year in numbers

Chair's foreword

Douglas Sinclair

Douglas Sinclair
Chair of the Accounts Commission

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Our work


Our role as the public's watchdog is founded on the annual financial audits we carry out on Scotland's 32 councils. This is how we check to ensure public money is spent effectively and wisely.

During 2015/16, we carried out six Best Value performance audits on East Dunbartonshire, Aberdeen City, Falkirk, The Moray, Argyll and Bute and City of Edinburgh councils.


Looking back

Previous Controllers of Audit at reception
James Dargie, John Broadfoot and Douglas Sinclair
Guests at the reception

Last year we also looked back over our first four decades. At a special reception to mark the first 40 years, the guest of honour was James Dargie, the first Controller of Audit. Read more about the event in our annual report.

To read about some of the challenges the Commission has faced and key events in its history, visit 40 years of the Accounts Commission on our website.



Online data
Engagement meeting
Scottish Parliament

The Commission belongs to the wider local government community in Scotland. During the year, we provided briefings to Parliamentary committees, and held discussions with key figures from local government.

We also began to make more use of background information in some of our reports and produced interactive data for our Major capital investment in councils report.

Read more about how we have worked with others over the year.


Reports for 2015/16