Responding to the publication of the audit of the Scottish Police Authority's 2017/18 accounts, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:
"Spiralling consultant and agency staff costs show that the SPA is still struggling to find its feet. The effects of the SNP's bungled policing centralisation will be felt for years to come.
"The SPA, Police Scotland the Scottish Government all need to step up because the problems on their desk are huge, from making amends for the last botched IT overhaul to fixing the crumbling estate. Officers, staff and the public they serve are demanding better."