Performance information

The Accounts Commission has the statutory power to specify information that councils must publish about their performance. They do this through statutory performance indicators (SPIs). Each council collects and publishes its information.

Until 2012/13, the Commission published information about the comparative performance of councils across Scotland, and you can still find this information from 2001/02 to 2012/13 here.

Now the Commission focusses on how effectively councils are reporting performance information to the public. It produces an annual Direction to councils about public performance reporting.

The local government community, through SOLACE and the Improvement Service, produces council performance information through the Local Government Benchmarking Framework.

Council performance

To view the current performance information and comparator information about the performance of councils, visit the Improvement Service’s Local Government Benchmarking Framework.

Fire and Rescue services

From 1 April 2013, there has been a single fire and rescue service for Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Performance information on the single service is available at


From 1 April 2013, there has been a single police force for Scotland, Police Scotland. Performance information is available on the Police Scotland website at

Direction and guide

The Accounts Commission publishes a direction and guide for councils about the information they should publish on their performance. These and other information can be downloaded below:

More information

For more information, or to give feedback on local government Statutory Performance Indicators, please email:

or contact Rikki Young: tel 0131 625 1713

You can also write to us at: Audit Scotland, 4th Floor, 102 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DN