Audit and Inspections
External audit and inspections reports
Fife Council is subject to regular audit and inspection by a wide range of external scrutiny agencies acting on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The findings of the 2007 Crerar Review of external scrutiny called for improved coordination and an overall reduction in the external scrutiny of Scottish local government. Part of the response to these findings has been the development of the National Scrutiny Plan for Local Government. The plan takes a more coordinated approach to setting out the work that Scotland’s external scrutiny agencies will carry out with councils and aims to reflect a more proportionate and risk-based approach to scrutiny activity.
The National Scrutiny Plan for Local Government is supported by Assurance and Improvements Plans for each of the 32 Scottish local authorities. Each AIP is the product of an annual Shared Risk Assessment (SRA) undertaken collectively by the Local Area Network (LAN) comprising representatives of all the relevant scrutiny agencies for the local authority.
These local plans set out in more detail the reasons behind the planned scrutiny activity for each council. A copy of the latest Fife Council Assurance & Improvement Plan can be found on the Audit Scotland website (hyperlink) or in the publications list below.
You can find out more about these agencies along with copies of the Council’s latest audit and inspection reports by clicking on the links below (all of these links take you to external websites).
- Education Scotland
- Care Inspectorate
- The Scottish Housing Regulator
- Healthcare Improvement Scotland
- Audit Scotland
In addition to external scrutiny we also carry out our own internal reviews of progress and performance. Our approach to self-assessment is through the Fife Excellence Model (FEM) which is based on the Public Service Improvement Framework (PSIF). The framework is a self-assessment tool which helps us to evaluate performance and identify examples of best practice and areas for improvement. The framework incorporates the legislative duties of Best Value with direct linkages to other quality models and standards.