Accounts Commission



Accounts Commission highlights decade of improvements at North Ayrshire Council

North Ayrshire Council is delivering value-for-money services to its local communities and has demonstrated a culture of continuous improvement since 2011, according to the public spending watchdog for local government.

Published 30 June 2020

Highland Council 'must change to ensure it is financially sustainable'

Highland Council must make significant savings and change the way it delivers services to ensure it can live within its financial means, according to a report by the Accounts Commission.

Published 23 January 2020

City deals ‘positive for economy’ but lack measures of success

City deals have been positive for Scotland's economy but the Scottish Government does not have a plan to measure their overall long-term success, according to a report by the Accounts Commission and Audit Scotland.

Published 16 January 2020

Accounts Commission: Councils increasingly relying on reserves as budgets strain to keep pace with demand

Most of Scotland’s 32 councils are increasingly relying on money from reserves to keep up with demand for services and balance their budgets, with financial pressures likely to get worse, according to the Accounts Commission.

Published 17 December 2019

Watchdog highlights transformation progress at Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Borders Council has made “steady progress” as it continues to transform the way it delivers services but a “clear plan” is required to enable the local authority to deliver its ambitious programme of transformation.

Published 22 October 2019

Watchdog notes ‘robust financial planning’ at Perth and Kinross Council

Robust financial planning has put Perth and Kinross Council in a good position to tackle a projected budget shortfall of £52 million over the next five years but it must continue to drive forward improvements, the Accounts Commission said today.

Published 22 August 2019

Accounts Commission to audit affordable housing provision

The Accounts Commission and the Auditor General are to undertake an audit into the provision of affordable housing in Scotland.

Published 10 July 2019

Midlothian Council ‘needs urgent financial strategy’ to make progress on big challenges

Midlothian Council needs to deal with a “significant budget shortfall” as it faces further pressures as Scotland’s fastest-growing council, the local government public spending watchdog has said.

Published 4 July 2019

Watchdog highlights significant improvements at Clackmannanshire Council

Clackmannanshire Council has “laid the foundations for improvement” but “serious challenges” remain for the local authority, according to the Accounts Commission.

Published 27 June 2019

Housing ‘performing well’ at North Lanarkshire Council

North Lanarkshire Council is in a good position to meet future challenges due to its strong financial planning and management, according to a report by the local authority watchdog.

Published 23 May 2019

Auditors praise Stirling Council services but highlight room for improvement

Stirling Council must better identify where and how it needs to change to meet future challenges despite recent improvements, according to Scotland’s local government spending watchdog.

Published 25 April 2019

South Lanarkshire Council ‘performs well and continues to improve’

South Lanarkshire Council demonstrates strong leadership, has a good approach to the way it manages its finances and has delivered improvements to many services, the local authority watchdog has said.

Published 28 March 2019

Councils urged to make ‘fundamental changes’ to address demand and funding gap

“Fundamental change” is required to ensure Scotland’s councils deliver services in the face of ever decreasing funding, according to the local authority watchdog.

Published 21 March 2019

Accounts Commission warns of difficult financial future for Scotland’s councils

Scotland's 32 councils face a difficult financial future despite having managed budgets well over the last year, the public spending watchdog has warned.

Published 29 November 2018

Better collaboration needed to deliver health and social care integration, warns auditor

Integration authorities, councils and NHS boards need to show a stronger commitment to collaborative working to achieve the real long term benefits of an integrated health and social care system, according to the Accounts Commission.

Published 15 November 2018