West Lothian Council has maintained its strong performance but councillors need to play a more active role in the face of a £73.5m funding gap, says the Accounts Commission. A new report...
East Dunbartonshire Council has responded positively to previous concerns but needs to maintain momentum, says the Accounts Commission. A new report published today is the third in three...
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
Local government: performance and challenges
Our first local government overview report for 2017 found that new councillors elected in May faced major challenges and needed to focus on improving long-term planning.
- Read the report on performance and challenges 2017 and download our checklist for councillors.
From 2016 we've taken a new approach to auditing Best Value in councils to ensure good governance and effective management of resources.
Meet our members
Commission members, the Chair and Deputy Chair are appointed by Scottish ministers.
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: 9 November
This was the first meeting chaired by Graham Sharp, the newly-appointed chair of the Commission. Members examined a Best Value Assurance report on West Lothian Council and a Best Value follow up report on East Dunbartonshire Council. In both cases, the Commission agreed to make findings, to be published later in November.
The Commission considered and approved a draft of its Local Government Financial Overview which is due to come out at the end of November.
The Commission also considered and endorsed the approach to, and timetable for, the Shared Risk Assessment (SRA) process for co-ordinated work by various scrutiny bodies in 2018/19. The Commission next meets on 7 December.
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.