We're looking for new members

We're looking for new members


Commission members

Would you like to play a central role in influencing and improving how councils and other public bodies address the challenges facing Scotland and help people’s lives?

We’re looking for up to four new members.

The Accounts Commission is the independent public watchdog for holding councils and joint boards to account for their spending and performance. Our work includes reporting on the audit of all 32 Scottish councils and joint boards, including integration joint boards for health and social care.

Hear from two of our members about their experiences:

What we do

Commission work

Our work

We publish a national overview report and national performance audits on matters of significant public interest, sometimes jointly with the Auditor General for Scotland.

Best Value

Best Value

We also publish Best Value Assurance Reports which look at how individual councils are carrying out their duty to demonstrate best value and continuous improvement.

annual report

Our performance and strategy

Our annual report for last year included highlights from the year and a summary of the work we did. Our annual strategy for 2017-22 and action plan lists our priorities for the year and how we will take them forward.

Some of our recent reports


More information about the role

Commission members

Come along to our events

Our events below are open to prospective candidates to learn more about our work, how we fulfil our responsibilities, and the expectations of members. If you would like to come, please confirm to Jillian Elgin on 0131-625-1615 or by email to jelgin@audit-scotland.gov.uk:

7 Feb at 6.30pm
Audit Scotland offices, 4th Floor, 102 West Port, Edinburgh EH3 9DN
How to find it

9 Feb at 10.00am
Audit Scotland offices, The Athenaeum Building, 8 Nelson Mandela Place,Glasgow G2 1BT
How to find it

20 Feb at 2.00pm
The Greenhouse, Beechwood Business Park North, Inverness, IV2 3BL
How to find it


Get in touch

To find out more about the role, or if you would like to speak to one of our current Commission members about their experiences, please contact Paul Reilly, Secretary to the Accounts Commission, on 0131-625-1809 or by email to PReilly@audit-scotland.gov.uk.

Read our enewsletter for an overview of the role and the work of the Commission.

Commission meetings

Commission meetings

The next meetings of the Commission are in Edinburgh on 8 February and 8 March, at 10.15am. These are public meetings, so you are welcome to attend.

Meeting papers are placed on our website on the Friday before the meeting. Read more here.

Interested in applying?

We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic to improve public services and who have the ability to make decisions. It’s important to us that our members are drawn from different parts of urban and rural Scotland to reflect the wide range and needs of councils upon whom we report.

Visit www.appointed-for-scotland.org for an Applicant Information Pack for full details of the skills, knowledge and experience required and how to apply.

Committee members