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About us and our work
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.
Our strategy and annual action plan outlines our priorities for the coming year. Read more about our strategy.
Find out more about what we do in our short video.
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Some of our recent work
Local government challenges and performance 2019
Our annual review found that Scotland’s councils are managing to improve and maintain most services, but with possible reduced funding in future, councils need to think differently about how they deliver services to the public.
South Lanarkshire Council Best Value
In March, we reported that South Lanarkshire Council demonstrates strong leadership, has a good approach to the way it manages its finances and has delivered improvements to many services.
Reporting our performance 2018/19
Our annual report highlights the range of work we did last year and the reports we published. Find out more here.
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
Reporting on councils' benefit services
Auditing the accounts of all councils in Scotland
Previous meeting: 10 October
National Scrutiny Plan
This report summarises all planned and announced strategic scrutiny activity from September 2019, in each Scottish council. The plan was prepared by Audit Scotland on behalf of the Strategic Scrutiny Group.
Questions from Commission members included: involvement with external bodies, including the Care Inspectorate; work post-Grenfell to ensure no public buildings in Scotland have similar cladding and the level of scrutiny councils must engage with.
An updated webpage is now available, enabling individual councils and citizens to find out about scrutiny in their local authority.
Scottish Borders Council, Best Value report
The audit team discussed and shared their conclusions in the latest Best Value report.
Key themes and issues raised in the discussion included: the benefits and impact of outsourcing IT; staff and community engagement; the council’s relationship with the local Integrated Joint Board; workforce planning and how services are performing.
The Commission then moved into their private session.
The Commission agreed to make findings on the Best Value report on Scottish Borders Council and publish the report on 22 October.
New Code of Audit Practice - update
Audit Scotland’s draft new Code of Audit Practice was discussed by Commission members. Accounts Commission members moved into a detailed discussion of their collective view on the principles underlying a new Code of Audit Practice.
They endorsed the governance arrangements for the project, the principles underlying a new Code and noted the position on procurement principles.
Housing benefit performance audit - annual review
The report was considered by the Commission. The report sets out the outcome of housing benefit performance audit work in 2018/19.
Areas discussed included the impact of Universal Credit, as well as changing demands and shifts in local authority workforce.
The Commission noted that a publication date was to be agreed with the audit team.
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