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Auditor General

The Auditor General for Scotland is responsible for the audit of all public bodies except local authorities.

This includes the Scottish Government, government agencies, NHS bodies, police and fire, further education colleges and most non-departmental public bodies.

The Auditor General reports in public to the Public Audit Committee. These sessions are broadcast live via the Scottish Parliament’s website.

The Auditor General is appointed by the Crown, on the recommendation of the Scottish Parliament. The independent post was created under the Scotland Act 1998 to help ensure that public money is spent properly, efficiently and effectively. 

Stephen Boyle started his term as Auditor General in July 2020, and he is also the accountable officer for Audit Scotland. He is committed to public services that improve the lives of Scotland’s people. He has over 20 years’ experience in audit, governance and financial management, and is a qualified accountant and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

You can follow him on You can follow him on X (formerly Twitter) @AuditorGenScot .

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