Councils are showing increasing signs of financial stress and face even tougher challenges ahead, says the Accounts Commission. In its annual financial overview published today the local...
West Lothian Council has maintained its strong performance but councillors need to play a more active role in the face of a £73.5m funding gap, says the Accounts Commission. A new report...
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.
- Encourage effective reporting of performance
- Reflect the interests of the citizen, service user and communities
- Scrutinise the changing public services landscape
- Promote good practice and innovation
Some of our recent work
Changing models of health and social care
We reported that a lack of national leadership and clear planning was preventing the wider change urgently needed if Scotland’s health and social care services were to adapt to increasing pressures.
How councils work
Our ‘how councils work’ series of reports aims to stimulate change and provide practical support to help councils continue improving their performance.
Reporting our performance
Read about the work we did last year and the reports we published.
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
Previous meeting: 9 November
This was the first meeting chaired by Graham Sharp, the newly-appointed chair of the Commission. Members examined a Best Value Assurance report on West Lothian Council and a Best Value follow up report on East Dunbartonshire Council. In both cases, the Commission agreed to make findings, to be published later in November.
The Commission considered and approved a draft of its Local Government Financial Overview which is due to come out at the end of November.
The Commission also considered and endorsed the approach to, and timetable for, the Shared Risk Assessment (SRA) process for co-ordinated work by various scrutiny bodies in 2018/19.
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.