Faster reform of Scotland’s public sector is needed to protect services in the long term and improve people’s lives, according to Audit Scotland. The public body has said that the Scottish Government is facing increased costs, including a higher public sector wage bill, while the cost-of
Longer-term joint planning is needed to address child poverty in Scotland, according to a new report published by Audit Scotland. The Scottish Government’s policies and spending remain more focused on helping children out of poverty rather than long-term measures to prevent it. Child poverty h
Scotland’s councils have increased reserves over the last year but must address the impacts of an overall reduction in funding and ongoing challenges caused by Covid-19.
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
The Scottish Government overspent its 2019/20 budget by nearly £700 million responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by Audit Scotland.
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
Scottish Housing Regulator will focus on standards of gypsy/traveller sites in this year’s National Scrutiny Plan
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.
The Scottish Government needs to show greater strategic leadership across the public sector to achieve its digital ambitions, says the spending watchdog.
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
Steven Heddle Scotland has seen an increase of around 160,000 households across cities, towns and countryside in comparison with a decade ago.
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.