Accounts Commission



Accounts Commission: Most councils maintained or improved housing benefit service during pandemic

Most of Scotland's councils have maintained or improved their delivery of vital benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic, despite short-staffing and major disruptions from having to abruptly move to home or remote working.

Published 8 October 2021

East Dunbartonshire Council services perform well according to new Accounts Commission report

East Dunbartonshire Council services perform well, with high levels of customer satisfaction according to a new report published today by the Accounts Commission.

Published 29 September 2021

Public spending watchdog hails Aberdeen City Council’s progress

Aberdeen City Council’s leader has welcomed a report from Scotland’s public spending watchdog for local government that praised the council’s drive and innovation in improving services.

Published 24 June 2021

Accounts Commission calls for long-term financial support for councils

Addressing the issue of longer-term financial certainty for councils is vital for the Scottish Government to ensure services are maintained and that councils can tackle the multiple challenges ahead, the Accounts Commission said today.

Published 27 May 2021

Accounts Commission: Covid-19 will 'intensify pressures' on council finances

Covid-19 will drive large rises in costs and spending combined with falling income for Scotland's local authorities, according to an overview of local government finances published today by the Accounts Commission.

Published 26 January 2021

City of Edinburgh Council 'can do more' to fulfil potential and further improve citizens' lives

Over the last four years many services provided by the City of Edinburgh Council have improved, its finances have been well-managed and ambitious strategies to improve the lives of local people and the economy have been agreed.

Published 26 November 2020

Aberdeenshire Council needs 'increased focus' on deprived neighbourhoods

Aberdeenshire Council continues to deliver many services to a good standard but needs to be clearer about what it wants to achieve and increase its focus on deprived neighbourhoods, according to the Accounts Commission.

Published 22 October 2020

Dundee needs to 'increase pace of change' to tackle deep social issues despite decade of improvement

Dundee City Council must quicken progress to address complex and deep-rooted problems such as poverty, inequality and drug-related deaths, according to the Accounts Commission.

Published 29 September 2020

Moray Council must urgently improve services, says Accounts Commission

Services in Moray Council are continuing to deteriorate, in particular within education, according to a new report from the Accounts Commission. 

Published 27 August 2020

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