Ten years on from the Christie Commission, Stephen Boyle, the Auditor General for Scotland, discusses the continued need for change in Scotland's public services. Ten years ago, the Christie report set out an inspiring agenda for change that would put people at the heart of public services. Unl
Audit Scotland has published its digital progress in local government report recommending that councils across Scotland should have a clear digital vision and strategy that sets out how digital transformation will deliver better outcomes for people. The report found that councils are at different st
Audit Scotland's latest briefing paper has found that the coronavirus pandemic will have significant consequences for public spending in Scotland now and well into the future. Analysis of the financial implications of the pandemic and the uncertainty it has brought notes that more of the Scotti
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. The public spending watchdogs said city region and growth deals have enabled economic
A new report conducted by Hanover Scotland has concluded that housing is an untapped resource which could help health and social care boards engage better with older people, delivering more effective services as a result. In the Connecting Communities report published today, the housing association
The Scottish Housing Regulator has announced that this year, it will focus on Gypsy/Traveller site standards as part of its strategic scrutiny activity. Earlier this week, Audit Scotland published its National Scrutiny Plan.
Scotland’s public spending watchdog has highlighted the strong performance and significant progress made by West Dunbartonshire Council. A representative from Audit Scotland spoke at a council meeting last week where the results of the Accounts Commission’s Best Value audit of the local authorit
The Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are making good progress in widening access to high-speed broadband, but extending coverage to rural areas remains a challenge, Audit Scotland has found. The Scottish Government has targeted everyone in Scotland to be able to access
Kirsty Wells As legislation to implement the integration of health and social care in Scotland comes into force today, housing professionals are being encouraged to participate in a new Housing, Health and Social Care club to discuss the potential implications for the Scottish housing sector.
Progress on community planning has not yet achieved the major change needed to fulfil its potential to reduce inequalities and put communities at the heart of delivering public services, Audit Scotland said today. Community planning involves councils and other public bodies working with communities,
Andrew Burns The City of Edinburgh Council is on target to meet its planned savings of £49 million for the current financial year after making “considerable progress” in addressing its financial challenges.