Auditors should push ahead with accounts sign off, says NAO head

By Martin Ford | 06 June 2023

‘Unpalatable but necessary options’ should be considered to clear the local audit backlog, the head of the National Audit Office suggested yesterday.

Giving oral evidence to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee amid a backlog of more than 1,000 local government audits, Gareth Davies said auditors should push ahead with signing off council accounts without resolving every query.

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