Audit and inspection of local authorities

Inquiry status: Report and Government response published.

The Committee has concluded its inquiry into the Audit and inspection of Local Authorities. The report was published on 7 July 2011.

The abolition of the Audit Commission is one of the most far- reaching changes announced by the new Secretary of State. This inquiry examined carefully the full implications for the accountability of local government likely to follow from this decision. 

Comparison of the CLG Select Committee Report: Audit and Inspection of Local Authorities (HC763) and the DCLG Response to Consultation Report (January 2012) (PDF PDF 116 KB)



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