Chair of the Accounts Commission
Our role as the public's watchdog is founded on the annual financial audits we carry out on Scotland's 32 councils. This is how we check to ensure public money is spent effectively and wisely.
We also published five national reports, three of them jointly with the Auditor General. These includes Health and social care integration, Major capital investment in councils: follow-up, Community planning: an update, Changing models of health and social care, and An overview of local government in Scotland 2016.
Last year we also looked back over our first four decades. At a special reception to mark the first 40 years, the guest of honour was James Dargie, the first Controller of Audit. Read more about the event in our annual report.
To read about some of the challenges the Commission has faced and key events in its history, visit 40 years of the Accounts Commission on our website.
The Commission belongs to the wider local government community in Scotland. During the year, we provided briefings to Parliamentary committees, and held discussions with key figures from local government.
We also began to make more use of background information in some of our reports and produced interactive data for our Major capital investment in councils report.