Future work

These are the performance and best value audits which we are planning to do over the next year. If you want more information, you can contact the business manager for this work, Rikki Young, at ryoung@audit-scotland.gov.uk.

Changing models of health and social care

To be published March 2016

NHS boards and councils face increasingly difficult financial challenges at the same time as demand for health and social care services is increasing due to demographic change. This includes, the growing population of elderly and very elderly...

An overview of local government in Scotland 2016

To be published March 2016

Scotland's 32 councils provide public services to the people of Scotland, including education, social care, waste management, cultural services and planning. They spend around £21 billion a year on these services, employ over 200,000 staff and...

Audit of higher education in Scotland

To be published summer 2016

The higher education sector in Scotland makes an important contribution to both the economy and society. Identified as a growth area in the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy, the performance of, and outcomes achieved by the sector are...

Social work in Scotland

To be published summer 2016

Councils' social work departments provide essential services to some of the most vulnerable people in society. The services they provide to children, adults and families, and other specific groups and aim to transform people’s lives.


Maintaining Scotland's roads: a follow-up audit

To be published June 2016

Audit Scotland has conducted three previous audits on roads maintenance on behalf of the Auditor General and the Accounts Commission, the first published in 2004. The most recent report in 2013 concluded that councils needed to improve roads...

Scotland's colleges 2016

To be published summer 2016

Scotland’s colleges play an important role in helping to achieve sustainable economic growth by contributing to the development of a highly educated and skilled workforce. Over the last few years colleges have faced significant changes and are...