Accounts Commission



East Ayrshire Council maintains ‘strong performance’ but faces ‘major financial challenge’

The local authority watchdog has reported that East Ayrshire Council is continuing to improve against a backdrop of financial, social and economic challenges.

Published 29 May 2018

Fife Council delivers affordable homes commitment in face of major challenges, says watchdog

Scotland’s local authority spending watchdog has praised Fife Council for delivering improvements and tackling aspects of underperformance head on.

Published 24 May 2018

Arms-length organisations can benefit councils but careful consideration required, says watchdog

The use of ALEOs (arms-length external organisations) by Scottish local authorities has reduced costs and improved standards of care issues of governance and accountability can still exist, the Accounts Commission has said.

Published 17 May 2018

Savings ‘increasingly critical’ as councils face struggle to cope with ageing population

Finding savings is now “increasingly critical” for councils dealing with ongoing reductions in funding while maintaining services for an increasingly ageing population, the Accounts Commission has warned.

Published 5 April 2018

Local authority watchdog praises progress at Falkirk Council

Falkirk Council has responded encouragingly to previous concerns but needs effective leadership to deliver its five-year improvement programme, according to the Accounts Commission.

Published 1 February 2018

Watchdog highlights ‘serious concerns’ over Clackmannanshire Council finances

Clackmannanshire Council must take “urgent and decisive action” to sort out its financial problems as it faces making savings of £29 million over the next three years, the Accounts Commission has warned today.

Published 25 January 2018

Orkney making good progress and can increase pace of improvement, says Accounts Commission

An independent report assessing how Orkney Islands Council is fulfilling its statutory duty to demonstrate ‘Best Value’ has determined that the local authority has made significant progress in recent years but needs to build on this for the future.

Published 14 December 2017

Local authorities could run out of cash reserves in two years, report warns

Councils are showing increasing signs of financial stress and could see their cash reserves run out in two to three years, the local authority watchdog has warned.

Published 28 November 2017

West Lothian councillors ‘need to play more prominent role’ in reducing £73.5m funding gap

West Lothian Council has maintained its strong performance but councillors need to play a more active role in the face of a £73.5 million funding gap, the Accounts Commission said today.

Published 23 November 2017

Watchdog urges East Dunbartonshire Council to continue progress

East Dunbartonshire Council has responded positively to previous concerns but needs to maintain momentum, according to the Accounts Commission.

Published 17 November 2017

Spending watchdog says East Renfrewshire Council ‘performs well and can do more’

East Renfrewshire remains a high-performing council but its councillors need to be more prominent in dealing with tough challenges ahead, the Accounts Commission has said.

Published 7 November 2017

Renfrewshire making ‘solid progress’ to address poverty and inequality

Renfrewshire Council has been recognised for its “clear and ambitious vision” to revitalise the area's economy and address poverty and inequality.

Published 31 August 2017

New care model ‘not yet achieving its full potential’

New ways of offering people more choice and control over their social care can make a real difference but further work is needed to ensure everyone can benefit, according to a report out today.

Published 24 August 2017

Accounts Commission highlights financial challenges facing local authorities

Newly elected councillors in May need to focus on improving long-term planning to tackles the major financial challenges facing Scotland’s local authorities, according to a new report from the Accounts Commission.

Published 7 March 2017

Watchdog ‘concerned’ as East Dunbartonshire Council transformation falls behind schedule

East Dunbartonshire Council needs to make “significant” improvements if it is to achieve £27.6 million in savings over the next three years, the Accounts Commission has warned.

Published 15 December 2016