How stable are Scotland’s finances?

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By Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland

It’s in our nature as humans to pay attention to immediate threats to our way of life. It’s much harder to plan for scenarios that we imagine as distant. A complex threat like climate change is the classic example. We’ve heard about the risks for decades but it’s taken an extraordinary teenage girl from Sweden to galvanise public protest, and put pressure on politicians to do more in the here and now.

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What are the procurement fraud red flags to look out for?

By Angela Canning, Audit Director

Auditors are naturally sceptical people. We are mindful that having systems and processes in place to safeguard public money and deter fraud doesn’t always mean that procedures can’t break down, aren’t kept up-to-date or that people won’t try to find ways to cheat the system for their personal benefit.

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Supporting leaders to lead can help cure bad behaviours

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By Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland

We’ve all felt it – that sense that the culture’s not quite right in an organisation. It can be hard to pin down, but the tell-tale signs are well-known: poor communication, top-down management, disengaged staff, a lack of trust, and bad behaviours like bullying going unchallenged by senior leaders. All too soon it can turn into ‘the way we do things around here.’

Scotland’s public services haven’t been immune. The early years of the Scottish Police Authority were marked by poor governance and difficult relationships, a legacy which is only now being overcome. And the recent Sturrock report into bullying and harassment at NHS Highland found that hundreds of people had experienced inappropriate behaviour.

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Help improve public services in Scotland as a graduate trainee

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By Mark Taylor, Audit Director, Audit Scotland

With continuing pressures on public services, public audit really has never been more important. Our graduate trainees are a hugely important part of our work and life at Audit Scotland. From day one you’ll get hands-on-work experience and play an active part in our work auditing £40 billion of public money, which funds the vital public services you, your family and friends use every day. Continue reading Help improve public services in Scotland as a graduate trainee

The journey to becoming a chartered accountant

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Applications for Audit Scotland’s Graduate Trainee Scheme are now open.  Our four-year scheme provides training and development, with plenty of hands-on work experience and support as you complete your Chartered Accountant (CA) qualification with ICAS. So what’s the teaching element of the scheme like? What would you study and what exams would you take? We asked Graham Foster from ICAS to tell you a bit more… Continue reading The journey to becoming a chartered accountant