Counter-fraud and Audit Scotland’s role

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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

Consolidated public accounts for Scotland – why they matter

Caroline_twitter_400pxBy 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

Launching our first Youth Panel

Youth panel picBy 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

Marking Global Ethics Day 2018

as_sm_Offices_17By 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

Withdrawal from the EU – Key audit issues for the Scottish public sector

AS social media 1By 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

If you think audit and news don’t go together, think again

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Audit Scotland is looking for a Communications Manager, and so we asked our current Communications Manager to give us some insight into his time in the role.

By James Gillies, Communications Manager

At Audit Scotland we report on just about everything that affects you, me, your family and Scottish public life in general. From the NHS and the police, to the construction of the new Forth bridge; there is hardly a topic relevant to public services in Scotland that isn’t covered in some shape or form by our work. Continue reading If you think audit and news don’t go together, think again

Equal pay shouldn’t obscure Glasgow’s steady progress

By Graham Sharp, Chair of the Accounts Commission

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The complex challenges facing Glasgow are unique in Scotland.

Roughly half of all Glaswegians, around 286,000 people, live in some of the most deprived areas of the country. Unemployment remains high and the city’s healthy life expectancy is the lowest in Scotland.

As Scotland’s local authority watchdog, the Accounts Commission’s role is to give citizens an independent take on the council’s progress and performance.

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Building knowledge, gaining experience

as_sm_Offices_05By Frazer Towers, Audit Scotland Work Placement Student

I am soon to begin my third year at St Andrews University where I am studying Economics and Management. I was fortunate to spend four weeks with Audit Scotland at their Edinburgh office working alongside the team conducting their performance audit of the Forth Replacement Crossing. I wanted to spend time at Audit Scotland because of the hugely important role they play in overseeing Scottish public life. Owing to their diverse range of audits, I was able to work alongside a team in an area that really interested me and on a high-profile, exciting project that I had followed in the news while it was under construction. Continue reading Building knowledge, gaining experience

Reflecting on a career at Audit Scotland

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By Dave McConnell, Audit Director

It rather seems to have crept up on me but I will be retiring from Audit Scotland later in the year, so I had better give it some thought! Before that though, I have so many aspects of life and work in Audit Scotland over many years to reflect on.

I am sure whoever will be taking over my responsibilities as an Audit Director in ASG will find the role as challenging and rewarding as I have. It is, I think, one of the most interesting jobs in the organisation as it bridges external and internal facing work on a regular basis. Continue reading Reflecting on a career at Audit Scotland

A honest conversation is needed as the NHS turns 70

Caroline_twitter_400pxBy Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland

As the NHS reaches its 70th birthday, the signs of strain are unmistakeable. We all rely on it at critical points in our lives, and survey after survey shows how highly we value it. But the needs of an ageing population, healthcare costs that grow faster than the rest of the economy and increasing staff shortages – all mean that the NHS needs to change to survive.

Continue reading A honest conversation is needed as the NHS turns 70