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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
“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
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
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 has improved significantly but faces big challenges with a rising population, according to the local authority watchdog.
Published 2 November 2018