The 2019/20 audit of the Scottish Police Authority

 

The 2019/20 audit of the Scottish Police Authority

The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has improved how it operates but policing in Scotland is not financially sustainable, says the Auditor General for Scotland.

Stephen Boyle, Auditor General for Scotland, said:

"The SPA has made progress in the past year whilst faced with the significant additional challenges of Covid-19 and preparing for the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.
It is now a matter of urgency that the SPA, Police Scotland and the Scottish Government reach agreement on what needs to be done to achieve financial sustainability. Without firmer progress on the key areas of budget balance and workforce planning, the SPA and Police Scotland will not be able to deliver the ambitions of the new Joint Strategy for Policing".

The 2019/20 audit of the Scottish Police Authority

Oral evidence session 17 December 2020

The Committee took evidence from the Auditor General for Scotland and Audit Scotland.

Please read the Official Report of 17 December 2020

Meeting papers for 17 December 2020

Minutes from 17 December 2020

Meeting correspondence and follow-up

Letter to Convener from Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Scottish Government, 23 December 2020 (182KB pdf)

Oral evidence session 11 February 2021

The Committee took evidence from Lynn Brown, Interim Chief Executive, Martyn Evans, Chair and David Crichton, former Chair, The Scottish Police Authority, followed by;

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone QPM and James Gray, Chief Financial Officer, Police Scotland;

And then from the Auditor General for Scotland and Audit Scotland (in Private).

Please read the Official Report of 11 February 2021

Meeting papers for 11 February 2021

Minutes from 11 February 2021

Meeting correspondence and follow-up

Letter from Convener to Cabinet Secretary for Justice, 25 February 2021 (140KB pdf)

Letter to Convener from Chief Constable, Police Scotland 5 March 2021 (2715KB pdf)

Letter to Convener from Interim Chief Executive, Scottish Police Authority 4 March 2021 (479KB pdf)

Letter to Convener from Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Scottish Government, 12 March 2021 (160KB pdf)

Letter to Convener from Chief Executive, Scottish Police Authority, 15 March 2021 (465KB pdf)

Letter to Convener from the Chief Constable, Police Scotland, 18 March 2021 (649KB pdf) 

 
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