By Caroline Gardner
Pausing to take stock and plan ahead can feel like an overwhelming task in our current climate of increased demand for services, tight public finances, and constitutional uncertainty.
At Audit Scotland, the annual refresh of our work programme gives us the opportunity to consider how our audit work reflects the priorities and challenges of Scotland’s public sector.
Continue reading How can audit break down barriers?
We’re looking for a Deputy Chair of the Accounts Commission. And so we asked current Deputy Chair, Ronnie Hinds to give us a bit of insight into the role.
By Ronnie Hinds, Deputy Chair, Accounts Commission
First up, please don’t be put off by the dry title, the Accounts Commission.
Our work and role is endlessly fascinating and hugely important. As the public watchdog for local government, our reports are authoritative and we’re highly regarded by national and local government. We work impartially and independently of the Scottish Government and local authorities. It’s this that makes the role and impact of the Commission so significant. Continue reading The role of the Accounts Commission is indispensable
By Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland
It was a remark that elicited nods of agreement across the room.
“The less we trust each other, the less efficient the state and society is likely to be.”
So said Professor Sir John Curtice, one of several excellent speakers at our annual conference, which this year focused on trust.
Continue reading A question of trust
Every year, more than 11,400 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour – that’s 31 a day. Audit Scotland has spent two years supporting The Brain Tumour Charity to fundraise and raise awareness of the organisation’s vital research. The charity’s Katie Mosses, corporate partnership manager, reflects on the contribution of Audit Scotland since 2017. Continue reading Defeating brain tumours together…
Lauryn Graham joined Audit Scotland in October 2017 as a trainee. Unlike our other trainees, Lauryn hadn’t been to university. Instead she came to us straight from high school and became the first person to be hired as part of an initiative offering a training position to a school leaver. It’s a unique opportunity to contribute to our work, gain full sponsorship to become a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAS), and get paid. So, what has Lauryn’s experience been so far? Continue reading Calling all school leavers
By Angela Canning, Audit Director
Public bodies are responsible for the spending of billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money every year on services ranging from benefit payments, to the services we all use every day, including schools, hospitals, refuse collection and maintaining our roads. Councils, health boards and other public bodies are responsible for making sure they have effective arrangements in place to prevent, detect and investigate fraud and error. Audit Scotland has an important role to play too, checking these systems are working effectively and reporting to the public when they are not. Continue reading Counter-fraud and Audit Scotland’s role
By Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland
This week I’m briefing the Public Audit Committee on the Scottish Government’s annual report and accounts for 2017/18. Balance sheets don’t grab the headlines like pressures on the NHS, but these accounts matter. They include spending of almost £35 billion on public services that affect us all, like schools and indeed health services. And Scotland is taking on major new financial powers, which inevitably bring more opportunities and risks that need to be managed. Continue reading Consolidated public accounts for Scotland – why they matter
By Tricia Meldrum, Senior Manager, Audit Scotland
2018 is the Year of Young People, and as we continue our commitment to working and engaging with young people we’re delighted to have established a youth advisory panel, known as Inform100, here at Audit Scotland.
We audit public services across Scotland and our audits need to be shaped by and reflect the experiences of the people who use those services. Members of Inform100 will help us to involve young people more in our work and ensure their voices and experiences are part of the audit process. This is also a great opportunity for those on the panel to gain valuable experience, develop their skills and make a difference. Continue reading Launching our first Youth Panel
By Fiona Kordiak, Director of Audit Services, Audit Scotland
Global Ethics Day is an opportunity for organisations around the world to explore the role of ethics in their work.
Ethics are the values and principles which should guide the daily work of all public servants – these are the seven principles of public life, set out by Lord Nolan in 1995. A key principle is that everyone who works in the public sector must act professionally to serve the best interests of Scottish society. Continue reading Marking Global Ethics Day 2018
By Mark Roberts, Senior Manager, Audit Scotland
It’s now less than six months until the UK leaves the European Union. The nature of the UK’s departure remains uncertain and the subject of ongoing and intense debate. Critical negotiations between the UK and the European Union are ongoing. Irrespective of the outcome of those negotiations, leaving the EU will represent a major change for Scotland. Continue reading Withdrawal from the EU – Key audit issues for the Scottish public sector