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Faster reform of Scotland’s public sector is needed to protect services in the long term and improve people’s lives, according to Audit Scotland. The public body has said that the Scottish Government is facing increased costs, including a higher public sector wage bill, while the cost-of

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Gemma Diamond, audit director at Audit Scotland, discusses how data is often seen as a burden for public bodies, rather than the key to better policy decisions, and the action needed to build data as a national asset. Scotland is facing enormous challenges. Inequality is on the rise, an ageing popul

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The Scottish Government has asked Scotland's Auditor General to launch an investigation into the awarding of the £97m Scottish ferries contract. The request comes after suggestions from a documentary arose that the process of awarding the contract have been rigged as successful bidder Fer

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Vicki Bibby has been appointed as the new chief operating officer of Audit Scotland. Ms Bibby is an experienced leader in Scotland’s public sector and joins Audit Scotland from her current role as director of strategic planning and performance at Public Health Scotland, a post she has held thr

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A report published by Audit Scotland and the Accounts Commission has highlighted the scale and pace of the emergency business support from the Scottish Government in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The report highlights how the Scottish Government was able to maintain clear priorities of targe

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Flaws found in the way Scottish Canals recorded and valued its assets meant auditors could not give an opinion on its accounts, according to a new report published by Audit Scotland. Scottish Canals' status changed from a public corporation to a non-departmental public body in 2020/21. That cha

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The Scottish Government needs to be more transparent about its spending in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, following a year in which its budget grew by a quarter, according to Audit Scotland. A report from the Auditor General for Scotland says that during 2020/21 the government's primary focus wa

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Glasgow accountant Elaine Boyd has been listed in the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 after judges heard about her inspiring story fighting for the rights of disabled people and refusing to allow cerebral palsy to limit her life or her achievements. Ms Boyd, who is an associate director of Audit Sco

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Four Audit Scotland accountants have been named in this year's ICAS (the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) Top 100 Young Chartered Accountants (CAs) list. Adam Haahr, Marta Kuźma, Sobhan Afzal and Wojciech Kuzma have all been named on the 2020 list as part of a global competition. The

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Audit Scotland's latest briefing paper has found that the coronavirus pandemic will have significant consequences for public spending in Scotland now and well into the future. Analysis of the financial implications of the pandemic and the uncertainty it has brought notes that more of the Scotti

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Auditors have warned that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought additional risks of public sector fraud risks in Scotland. Public sector staff working remotely and under extreme pressure are among the new risks set out in a new report from the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) co-ordinated by Audit Scotla

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