Accounts Commission

The Accounts Commission is the public spending watchdog for local government. We hold councils in Scotland to account and help them improve.

We operate impartially and independently of councils and of the Scottish Government and we meet and report in public.

The Commission is responsible for coordinating and facilitating scrutiny in local government.
The Controller of Audit is a statutory post established alongside the Commission in 1975. The Controller reports to the Commission and highlights areas of concern.

Read more about the Commission's role, duties and powers (PDF | 47KB).

Latest news

Accounts Commission chair retires

Douglas Sinclair, chair of the Accounts Commission has stepped down for health reasons.  His deputy,  Ronnie Hinds, will act as Commission chair until further notice. The process of finding...

Testing times ahead for new councillors

New councillors elected in May face major challenges and need to focus on improving long-term planning, says the Accounts Commission. In its 2017 overview published today, the local...

Meeting Dates

  • 09Feb
  • 09Mar
  • 13Apr
  • 11May
  • 08Jun
  • 10Aug
  • 14Sep
  • 12Oct
  • 09Nov
  • 07Dec

Meetings of the Accounts Commission are open to the public. As space in our meeting venue is limited, it is helpful if you can phone ahead on 0131 625 1500. Visit our page on attending meetings for more information.

Housing benefit audit

ReportsWe've a new report on the outcome of a review of Housing Benefit fraud investigation arrangements between local authorities and the Department for Work and Pensions. Read more...

Commission meetings

The Commission meets approximately monthly. Its meetings are open to the public.

Work programme

The Commission's work covers a wide range of issues, including: