Council performance reporting

The Accounts Commission has a statutory power to define the performance information that councils must publish for performance comparison and benchmarking purposes. It fulfils this power by issuing a Statutory Performance Information (SPI) Direction to councils.

In recent years the Commission has used the power to emphasise what it sees as the prime importance of councils reporting performance to their citizens and communities. The Direction sets out the performance information that the Commission requires councils to publish.

Statutory Performance Information Direction

The current Direction was published on 18 December 2018 and applies to reporting performance for the three years from 1 April 2019.

Previous Directions and Statutory Performance Indicators, along with comparative performance of councils up to 2013, can be found here.

Current council performance

Current performance information for individual councils can be found on each council's own website.

Comparative performance information can help the public gauge better the performance of their council. It also helps a council to identify how it can shape and improve its services. In issuing its Direction, the Commission encourages councils to publish benchmarking information. In particular, it encourages the use of the Local Government Benchmarking Framework, which is run by the local government community through SOLACE and the Improvement Service.

Planning Roundtable

In February 2019, Audit Scotland and the Improvement Service co-hosted a round table event with planning officers and key stakeholders to understand and highlight what needs to be done to reposition planning to its role of delivering places that enables improved physical and mental health, better connectivity and increases capacity for inclusive growth.

More information

For more information, please visit our contact pages to get in touch or email Paul Reilly, Secretary to the Accounts Commission at preilly@audit-scotland.gov.uk .