The report shows that overall in Scotland, DLOs and DSOs are showing a
surplus of£37,861,000 and that 93 per cent of councils are achieving
the break-even target.
'and one which councils have worked hard to achieve by improving their
management and monitoring arrangements.
'There are only seven instances of deficits going over£100,000,
compared with 31 last year and those areas are already being addressed
by the councils concerned. These are, after all, multi-million pound
businesses with a turnover in the order of£1.5bn and 50,000
employees - in that context the DLO picture in Scotland is very
'All councils are committed to ensuring that public funds are wisely
used and provide value for money and we will all continue to work on any problem areas which reports such as this highlight.'
Mr Murray added that the Accounts Commission's overview of local
authority audits, also published today, was another strand in helping
councils to continuously improve.
'Constructive reviews and checks such as these provide councils with
much needed information which allows them to identify problem areas
where improvement is necessary and work towards ensuring that high
quality public services are provided as efficiently as possible.'