3 Scottish councils could save over £1 billion by refinancing ‘Lobo’ loans, research finds
RBS has indicated it is “open to discussions” about loan re-financing after agreeing to new terms with Kent and Northamptonshire councils
SCOTLAND’S three largest councils could collectively save over £1 billion by re-financing controversial high interest ‘Lobo’ loans, researchers have found.
Government watchdog praises delivery of new Queensferry Crossing
Audit Scotland's report said the new crossing was 'value for money' and provided lessons for entire public sector
A NEW report assessing the delivery of the Scottish Government's flagship replacement crossing linking Fife and Edinburgh has said the project was managed effectively, saying delays in the opening of the bridge were “reasonable” due to severe weather.
Opened last year, the £1.34bn bridge across the Forth came in under budget, and Audit Scotland has said the wider public sector should learn from the flagship projects management.
Audit Scotland: More work needed to spread benefit of radical change in social care
Report from Audit Scotland finds new joint integration boards are a long way from providing self-directed support to all
SPENDING WATCHDOG Audit Scotland has warned that not every patient is getting the right to choose and control their social care across Scotland.
Auditor general: Impossible to assess whether Scottish colleges mergers have saved money
Auditor General tells MSPs that it’s hard to assess whether Scottish college mergers have saved money, despite recent Scottish Funding Council report shows that it already has saved more than £50m per year
THE AUDITOR GENERAL has told a Holyrood select committee that it's hard to assess whether the college merger programme in Scotland has saved money.
Audit Scotland: New long-term strategy is needed for Scottish ferries
Audit Scotland tells Transport Scotland to draw up a new long-term strategy for the ferry sector
SCOTLAND’S FERRIES are in urgent need of a new long-term strategy despite public spending more than doubling since 2007/08, according to Scotland’s spending watchdog Audit Scotland.
A report published this week by Audit Scotland suggested that Transport Scotland – the arm’s length organisation that’s in charge of Scottish Government transport spending – does not know the extent of future spending requirements and whether it could be substantial.
Audit Scotland launches new investigation into Argyll & Bute Council
Two previous Audit Scotland reports into Argyll and Bute Council have criticised poor working relationships in the local authority
AUDIT SCOTLAND, the public spending watchdog, has launched a new probe into Argll and Bute Council in what has become an ongoing saga over the management of the local authority.
New report raises "serious questions" about where PS99m of college funding has gone
Number of colleges has dropped from 37 to 20 with a nine per cent fall in college staff
A NEW report into Scotland's colleges has questioned what gains have been made to the further education sector by the Scottish Government's regionalisation process, and raised "serious questions" about what has happened to PS99m of funding that was transferred to arms-length foundations outside public control.