Arm's length organisations

Arm’s length organisations are becoming increasingly common within the public sector, being strongly promoted by the Scottish Government, local authorities and Westminster as a viable and effective alternative delivery model.

Scott-Moncrieff has a long history of providing audit and consultancy services to public sector bodies. We are also the largest auditor of charities in Scotland and have been external auditor to eight of Scotland’s unitary authorities. We understand the pressures that arm’s length organisations face – from finding new and innovative ways of funding to finding cost efficiencies within the current structure.

As more and more services are being pushed onto arm’s length organisations, we can help you to assess and understand the potential risks. We know that with the involvement of independent directors, governance will be high on your agenda and we have a team of experts in issues affecting charitable trustees, directors and councillors who can ensure that you are employing best practice and are remaining fully compliant with your obligations.

In fact, many of our partners and managers have direct experience of serving on boards of arm’s length bodies themselves.

Related case studies

East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust

East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust

Preparing thoroughly for an audit meant a smooth process and good result for our client.

Scottish Futures Trust

Scottish Futures Trust

We were appointed as external auditors to the Scottish Futures Trust following a competitive tender.

GCSS

GCSS

GCSS is a charitable body and company. This is a new type of public sector body that is looking to grow.