Audit Scotland newsletter - June 2014

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Audit Scotland Newsletter - June 2014

Changes to the Audit Scotland Board

Audit Scotland board

Audit Scotland’s Board includes the Chair of the Accounts Commission, the Auditor General, and three independent members appointed by the Scottish Commission for Public Audit (SCPA).

In March, one of our three independent board members stepped down. Katharine Bryan had been a member since 2011 and made a significant contribution to our governance, including as chair of our Remuneration and HR Committee. 

The SCPA have made two new appointments: Ian Leitch replaced Katharine Bryan from 1 April, and Heather Logan will join the Board in October when our Chair, Ronnie Cleland, steps down.

Ian Leitch was an Assistant Chief Executive at the Scottish Parliament before his retirement, and is now a member of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

Heather Logan was formerly a member of the Scottish Government’s Audit and Risk Committee.

John Maclean, one of our current independent board members, will take over as Chair from October.

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New secretary to the Accounts Commission

Paul Reilly

Paul Reilly was recently appointed Secretary to the Accounts Commission and its principal advisor.

Paul is the first point of contact for all Accounts Commission matters.

Paul has been in an advisory and support role with the Commission since 2011. He previously had various policy roles in local government and in Best Value work with Audit Scotland.

If you’d like Paul to speak with you or your organisation about the Accounts Commission’s strategy and work programme please get in touch:

By email:

By phone: 0131 6251809

In writing: 18 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2QU

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Audit Scotland's Annual Review 2013/14

Annual Review 2013/14

We recently published our 2013/14 Annual Review, as well as our annual report and accounts.

This interactive report, produced by our in-house design team, enables you to find out more about our work, highlights and achievements over the past year. The review shows that we've reduced the cost of public audit by 23.5% over the past four years, while remaining committed to world class audit work that improves the use of public money and public services.

In the last 12 months we’ve:

- Carried out 208 audits of public bodies

- Completed 20 Performance & Best Value reports

- Conducted 32 shared risk assessments

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Efficiency of sheriff courts

We've started a performance audit of the efficiency of processes in the sheriff courts.

In September 2011 we published a report - An overview of Scotland’s criminal justice system – identifying that significant improvement was required in a number of areas to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has sought to address these through a number of legislative and policy developments since 2011.

We're now undertaking an audit to assess whether court efficiency has improved since our 2011 report, in particular in dealing with criminal cases in the sheriff courts. The audit will focus on processes, activities, cost and performance. Recent court closures are part of a broader programme of reform which is still ongoing and will not be included in this audit. Our report will be finalised by March 2015.

To find out more please contact Ffion Heledd, project manager for the audit or call 0131 625 1843.

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In this issue


New reports


Accident and Emergency update


North Glasgow College


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar follow up report


Falkirk Community Planning Partnership


National scrutiny plan


Scotland's public finances


Self- directed support


School education

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National Fraud Initiative


Future reports


  • Best Value – Argyll and Bute 
    3 July
  • Moray CPP
    10 July
  • Accounts Commission annual report
    16 July
  • NHS financial performance overview 2013/14
  • West Lothian CPP
  • Orkney CPP
  • Community planning in Scotland