Audit Scotland has published its annual report for 2019/20.
It reports on our performance over the past year, as well as containing a statement about COVID-19 and Scotland’s public sector.
Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland and Accountable Officer for Audit Scotland, says:
The emergence of COVID-19 during the final months of 2019/20 represents a challenge on a scale we have not seen in our lifetimes. As with nations across the globe, the pandemic has put Scotland’s public services under tremendous strain. I would like to record my heart-felt thanks to everyone working on the frontlines and behind the scenes to protect us all.
This pandemic comes at a time when Scotland's public services and finances are already under significant pressure. Against this backdrop, Audit Scotland has continued to report on issues of significant public interest, seeking to bring clarity and help public bodies focus on what is important.