Accounts Commission



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

East Lothian Council ‘making good progress as testing times lie ahead’

East Lothian Council has improved significantly but faces big challenges with a rising population, according to the local authority watchdog.

Published 2 November 2018

Watchdog praises significant progress and strong leadership at West Dunbartonshire Council

Scotland’s public spending watchdog has highlighted the strong performance and significant progress made by West Dunbartonshire Council.

Published 3 September 2018

Watchdog highlights ‘serious concerns’ over Glasgow City Council finances

Glasgow City Council could be facing a period of unprecedented financial pressure on services because of the potential cost of resolving equal pay claims, the Accounts Commission has warned.

Published 23 August 2018

Spending watchdog charts ‘significant progress’ at West Dunbartonshire Council

West Dunbartonshire Council has made significant progress in recent years led particularly by the effective and improved leadership of councillors and officers, according to the Accounts Commission.

Published 28 June 2018