Reviewing & Improving

See also: Stirling Council Performance Overviews

Details on how the Council reviews its progress and identifies strengths and areas for improvement can be found below.

Best Value 2

The Statutory duty of best value in local government was introduced in the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003. In response the Accounts Commission have undertaken two rounds of audits across all local authorities. Below is the most recent Best Value reports for Stirling Council: 

Audit Scotland - Stirling Council Best Value 2 Reports 2011

Stirling Council Report 2011 - Best Value 2


Under Best Value, councils are encouraged to use of model of self-assessment to demonstrate an effective approach to corporate performance management. In response, Stirling Council has adopted the Public Sector Improvement Framework (PSIF) as its overarching self-assessment framework.

Assurance and Improvement Plan

The Assurance and Improvement Plan (AIP) sets out the planned scrutiny activity in Stirling Council over a three year period. The AIP is based on a shared risk assessment undertaken by a local area network (LAN). There is a LAN for each Council, comprising representatives of all the scrutiny bodies who engage with the council including Audit Scotland, Education Scotland, the Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Housing Regulator. The AIP is reviewed and updated annually.

The aim of the shared risk assessment process is to focus scrutiny activity where it is most needed and to determine the most proportionate scrutiny response over a three year period.

The latest AIP for the period April 2014 - March 2017 is available here.


All Councils in Scotland are subject to a range of inspections carried out by external organisations. These inspections check that our service delivery meets national standards, provide value for money, and satisfies service user requirements. Inspections carried out by external organisation can be viewed below.

Care Inspectorate

Education Scotland

Housing Regulator


The purpose of the Audit Committee is to provide independent assurance of the adequacy of the risk management framework and the associated control environment and the independent scrutiny of the Council's financial and non-financial performance. 

Local Government Benchmarking Framework

The Local Government Benchmark Framework (LGBF) is a set of performance indicators developed for Scottish Councils to compare performance. This is to encourage sharing and learning between Councils to support continuous improvement. Family Groups bring together similar councils and provide a forum for considering issues that affect performance in different locations and the transfer of good practice between Councils. Stirling Council is an active participant in the Family Groups.

Performance information about how Stirling Council compares to other local authorities can be viewed here.

The Stirling Council LGBF scorecard can be viewed here.

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