Future work

These are the project scopes for performance and best value audits which we are planning to do over the next year. If you want more information, you can contact the business manager for this work, Rikki Young, at ryoung@audit-scotland.gov.uk.

Managing new financial powers

To be published spring 2017

The Scottish Parliament’s financial powers are changing substantially, with new responsibilities for taxes and spending. This audit will examine how well the Scottish Government and others are implementing or preparing to introduce the new...

Self-directed support: a follow-up audit

To be published summer 2017

Self-directed support (SDS) changes the way people with social care needs are supported. It aims to improve the impact that care and support has on people’s lives by giving them choice and control of the type of support they get. We are now six...

Equal pay

To be published summer 2017

Equal pay is a substantial issue across local government in Scotland. At March 2015, Scottish councils had paid £605 million to employees in equal pay compensation and estimated that about 30,000 equal pay cases remained outstanding.  This audit...

Ferry services in Scotland

To be published autumn 2017

The Scottish Government, through Transport Scotland, provides financial assistance to reduce the cost of ferry travel on routes that are considered 'lifeline' for remote and rural communities.  This is intended to help maintain rural populations...

Early learning and childcare

To be published autumn/winter 2017

The Scottish Government has committed to improving and increasing high quality, flexible early learning and childcare (ELC) which is accessible and affordable for all children and families. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (the...