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MPs open inquiry into the audit and inspection of local authorities

07 February 2011

Following the Secretary of State’s decision to abolish  the Audit Commission, members of the Communities and Local Government Committee take oral evidence for the first time today for their inquiry examining future arrangements for local authority audit and inspection.

The Committee is keen to establish whether the Audit Commission deserved to be abolished; what opportunities exist to develop new approaches to improve local accountability; what essential features of public audit need to be retained in a new system and whether future arrangements for the audit and inspection of local authorities are likely to prove well founded and robust. Likely costs, benefits, safeguards and public confidence will all be examined as MPs seek to establish how far the new arrangements can secure better value for money in a local authority audit.

Witnesses

Monday 7th February, Grimond Room, Portcullis House at 5.00 pm

  • David Walker, Contributing Editor, Guardian Public
  • Professor David Heald, Professor of Accountancy, University of Aberdeen Business School
  • Professor Steve Martin, Professor of Public Policy and Management and Director of the Centre for Local & Regional Government Research, Cardiff University

The session is open to the public on a first come, first served basis. For meetings in Portcullis House, the entrance is located on Victoria Embankment.  It is advisable to allow about 30 minutes to pass through security checks. 

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