Accounts Commission update, February 2018

Accounts Commission

Update, February 2018

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Accounts Commission - we're recruiting

We’d like to hear from people who:

  • Are enthusiastic about improving public services in Scotland
  • Can make good judgements

If you share this vision and ambition then we’d like to hear from you. Be part of the transformation and scrutiny of Scotland’s local public services, helping improve and influence how councils and other public bodies deliver services and address the challenges facing them.

Members of the Accounts Commission come from a wide range of backgrounds, bringing different skills and experience.

And you will be committing just two and a half days each month, meaning it will fit around your other responsibilities, whether you’re a carer, working or have other interests.

How to apply & find out more

Find out more about our work, how to apply and hear from two of our members about their experiences on the Accounts Commission. You’re more than welcome to come along to our next meeting on 8 February to see the Accounts Commission in action. We are also holding three ‘Commission uncovered’ events – in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness - to help tell people more about our work and what we do.

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Why join us?

The Accounts Commission is the independent public watchdog for holding councils and joint boards to account for their spending and performance. Our work includes reporting on the audit of all 32 Scottish councils and their joint boards, including integration joint boards for health and social care. This is an opportunity to join an organisation that has both a local and a national overview of the public sector in Scotland.  

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Meet the Commission

The Accounts Commission is changing. As well as appointing four new members, we recently welcomed a new Commission Chair. In October 2017 Dr Graham Sharp was appointed by the Scottish Government as Chair for the next four years.

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Recent reporting

Our recent work includes publishing the first six reports in our new approach to auditing Best Value. These look for councils to demonstrate Best Value by showing continuous improvement in how they deliver services. Other recent reports at a national level include an in-depth Local Government in Scotland Financial Overview, Equal pay in Scottish councils and Self-directed support

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About the Accounts Commission

The Accounts Commission is the independent public spending watchdog for local government. It holds councils in Scotland to account and helps them improve by reporting to the public on their performance. Find out more on our website.


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Find out more about joining us, our work and our people.


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Watch our short videos of Christine May and Sophie Flemig, members of the Accounts Commission.