kindly sponsored by ACCA and Baker Tilly
The abolition of the Audit Commission in August has raised major questions about the future of local government audit and accountability. All commentators agree on the necessity of a credible audit function, even in a radically decentralised system. There is less consensus on what this system should look like.
The Coalition Government has proposed a new regime where councils could access audit services from any qualified accountancy firm. This, it hopes, will lead to a more competitive marketplace and lower costs for councils. The National Audit Office would ensure high standards of probity. However, it is not clear how these goals will be realised or what safeguards may be necessary.
This Research Seminar will provide an opportunity for delegates to hear from experts on local government audit, and to present their own views and analysis on the topic via in depth discussion work.
Jessica Crowe, Executive Director, CfPS;
Michael Whitehouse, Chief Operating Officer, NAO
and Cllr Ben Grower, Bournemouth Borough Council