Best value audits in Scotland: Winning without scoring?

James Downe, Clive Grace, Steve Martin, Sandra Nutley

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    Best Value audits have encouraged improvements in the corporate capacity of Scottish local authorities. They are seen by local government as credible and, in contrast to Comprehensive Performance Assessments in England, are applauded for taking account of local priorities and contexts. However, there are some concerns about the consistency and transparency of the process, and reports have failed to attract public interest. In future, the Best Value audit process will need to pay more attention to the importance of partnership working between councils and other local agencies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-84
    Number of pages8
    JournalPublic Money & Management
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


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