LGA backs audit fee freeze despite pressure

By Dan Peters | 21 January 2019

Smith Square has backed holding external audit fees for local government at a lower level despite pressure for a price hike to improve quality.

In a consultation response, the Local Government Association (LGA) rejected the view that the 23% reduction in fees for 2018/19 had affected the core work of external auditors, who provide an opinion on annual council accounts and a conclusion on authorities’ arrangements for securing value for money.

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