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. A new report published today by the local authority spending watchdog charts the council's progress since a previous audit in 20
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. Since 2014 councils have been responsible for implementing Self-directed Support (SDS), which offers peopl
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. In its 2017 overview published today, the local government spending watchdog has out
Council leader Rhondda Geekie 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.
The Accounts Commission has criticised Falkirk Council for being “slow in grasping the nettle” of tackling major financial challenges ahead. In a report out today the local authority watchdog says it is “disappointed” at the amount of progress at Falkirk since last August.
Scotland’s councils face “significant challenges” managing their finances as rising demand for services and falling income could results in a combined funding gap of £553m by 2018/19, according to a new report from the Accounts Commission. In its financial overview published today, the local
Angus Council needs to increase the pace of change if it is to meet its £26.5 million savings target, an Accounts Commission report says today. The local government spending watchdog said the council has made progress since 2010, setting out a clear vision, modernising its business processes and im
Major improvements have been made at South Ayrshire Council over the last two years since a critical audit voiced concerns about significant weaknesses in its management, the Accounts Commission has said. A new report by the watchdog charts how the local authority has responded to a Commission asses
Budget reductions mean starker choices ahead for Scotland’s councils which will not be met simply by continuing to cut staff and services, according to a new report. The Accounts Commission's annual overview of local government charts a 5 per cent drop in revenue funding in the next financial year
A lack of national leadership and clear planning is preventing the wider change urgently needed if Scotland’s health and social care services are to adapt to increasing pressures, according to a report. The increasing numbers of frail, older people with complex health needs is among the challenges
The City of Edinburgh Council is on a "far sounder financial footing" than a year ago after making considerable progress towards balancing its books, according to a report from the Accounts Commission. The local authority watchdog raised significant concerns in December 2014 over the council's finan
The Accounts Commission has urged Scotland’s local authorities to further improve the way they manage major projects like schools, roads, housing and flood prevention. Over the last three years councils spent £7 billion on capital investment - more than half of Scottish public sector capital expe
Argyll and Bute Council has made solid improvement but needs to build on this for the future, according to a new report from the Accounts Commission. Published today, the report by the local government watchdog welcomes progress since 2013 in the council's decision making, scrutiny, governance, and