Austin Macauley 23 September 2015

Scottish Parliament launches probe of arm’s length council operations

Scottish Parliament launches probe of arm’s length council operations image

The way in which councils in Scotland use arm’s length bodies to deliver local services is to be examined by MSPs to ensure they are accountable and provide value for money.

The Scottish Parliament’s local government and regeneration committee has called for evidence as it looks to develop best practice for arm’s-length external organisations (ALEOs).

Committee convener, Kevin Stewart MSP said: ‘How public services are delivered is of vital importance. Not only must ALEOs meet the needs of the communities in which they operate, but they must be transparent and accountable.

‘Our committee will explore the governance arrangements around these organisations, some of which have are responsible for many millions of pounds of public money.

‘We want to ensure local authorities have effective oversight to ensure ALEOs fulfil their purpose and provide value for money. We also want to hear about what works well and explore how good practice can be shared throughout the country.’

Responses can be made via an online questionnaire at or by email:

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