Accounts Commission

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

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