I was part of the team which carried out the audit of Best Value in Falkirk Council on behalf of the Accounts Commission, the public spending watchdog for local government.
Our extensive audit work included interviewing councillors and senior officers. We held focus groups with councillors so they all had an opportunity to contribute their views on what was happening. Staff were also invited to take part in a focus group to help us understand how certain issues affected their work, and how services were being delivered to the people of Falkirk. Continue reading Auditing Best Value in Falkirk Council
Last month, colleagues and I headed to Glasgow to join 300 delegates from across Scotland at a national conference on community planning Changing Lives, Delivering Success: Turning Ambition into Action.
In the report we published last year, Community Planning: turning ambition into action, we found that there is a renewed energy around community planning since the publication of the Statement of Ambition, and the buzzing atmosphere on the day certainly reflected that. Continue reading What needs to be at the heart of community planning?
Audit Scotland looks at a whole range of issues involving the use of public money across Scotland. While it’s still quite unusual for us to start an audit when a project is in the early stages of development, it can be very useful to get involved at this point. Given the benefits, this is something we want to do more of in the future. Continue reading Audit in real-time: Keeping score during the Commonwealth Games
I am now just a matter of weeks away from officially qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Audit Scotland. I just need to break through my days worked target, and sign off on the last few competencies. I managed to get through the hardest stage – getting through the exams. They were challenging, a lot different to the kind of exams I remember from school, but I also found them interesting, covering subjects like taxation and law which are useful to know more about as part of everyday life. Continue reading Becoming qualified