In a report out today, the Accounts Commission makes clear the significant progress that West Dunbartonshire Council has made in recent years. The report from the local authority spending...
In a report out today, the Accounts Commission highlights that East Ayrshire Council is performing well, services are improving, and there is strong partnership working. The report from...
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
Social work in Scotland
Our 2016 report found social work in Scotland is at a watershed and the public and service users must be more involved in shaping future provision.
East Renfrewshire Best Value
The Commission found that East Renfrewshire remains a high-performing council but its councillors need to be more prominent in dealing with tough challenges ahead.
Meet our members
Commission members, the Chair and Deputy Chair are appointed by Scottish ministers. Find out more about who they are on our members page.
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 August
The Commission was very pleased to welcome two new members, Andrew Burns and Andrew Cowie, to their first meeting.
The key report on the agenda was the Best Value Assurance Report on Glasgow City Council. Members considered this and agreed to meet in private session to decide what to do with the report.
Briefings were given by Audit Scotland on housing, new financial powers, and plans for improving engagement with young people. This was warmly welcomed and prompted discussion among members about sharpening the focus of future audit work in rural and remote areas. The full agenda can be viewed here. Minutes will in the meeting papers of the next meeting of the Commission in September, available on our website from 7 September.
The Commission next meets on September 13.
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.
Who we engage with:
- Audit Scotland
- Auditor General
- Parliament and Government: Government ministers, MSPs, Parliament committees
- Local government: councils, joint boards, COSLA, SLGP, SOLACE, Improvement Service
- Councils' community planning partners: public, private and third sectors, local communities
- Other stakeholders: Equalities and Human Rights Commission, other UK audit and scrutiny bodies, professional bodies, trade unions
- Press and broadcasting media
- Scrutiny partners
- Private sector audit firms