We support this Council's annual planning, bringing a valuable external perspective to the audit risk assessment.
We have worked with the majority of Scotland’s local authorities, including island authorities and so we understand the key risks that local government faces. However we are also keenly aware that each local authority will have its own particular concerns and requirements.
The local government sector faces a number of significant cost pressures, making it difficult to reduce costs, whilst maintaining service standards. Service demand is increasing and is likely to increase further in the future, due to an ageing population, the effects of the recent recession and the increased expectations of the public. This increases the pressure on the ability of public bodies to provide efficient and quality services at a time when budgets are already under pressure and reducing.
We have over 50 years of experience in providing external audit services to local authorities. In addition we offer specialist advice in areas such as procurement and change management. Most recently our specialists have been working with local authorities to design new and innovative ways of delivering services including shared services, outsourcing or setting up of trusts or community franchises.