• Putting our finances on a secure footing

    09 October 2019

    Andrew Burns examines how councils can ensure financial sustainability and put local services on the right path.

  • Call for new audit oversight body

    02 October 2019

    A new type of oversight body for local audit that would take a strategic approach to addressing the sector’s sustainability challenges is needed, a top auditor has suggested.

  • What is the future for audit?

    01 October 2019

    Paul Dossett puts the case for a new type of oversight body for local audit that would take a strategic approach to addressing the sector’s sustainability challenges.

  • Election and Brexit could hit peer review plans

    01 October 2019

    A General Election before March would put the Local Government Association (LGA) at risk of failing to deliver the number of peer challenges demanded by Whitehall.

  • Extracting more value from local audit

    24 September 2019

    Abdool Kara says the sharper focus on value for money and the expectation of clearer, more timely reporting is perhaps the most noticeable difference between the NAO's new Code of Audit Practice now out for consultation and the current code.

  • Audit fees could rise

    20 September 2019

    Fees could rise if the new code of audit practice changes the scope of auditors’ work, the sector has been warned.

  • The true value of showing your support

    11 September 2019

    Cllr Izzi Seccombe outlines the benefits of a new recruitment and development scheme to help those in Warwickshire with special educational needs and disabilities gain entry to the workforce.

  • Treasurers lobby to challenge auditors

    09 September 2019

    County treasurers have called for changes to allow councils to better contest conclusions that auditors reach.

  • New audit code to bring commentary requirement

    30 August 2019

    Auditors will have to issue a commentary on councils’ financial sustainability, governance and how they are improving economy, efficiency and effectiveness under a new code.

  • Mastering the art of commercial destiny

    20 August 2019

    Solace has been considering how councils should best participate in the market. Eric Bohl reports on local government’s investment areas, and outlines the key tests for commercial plans.

  • Commissioners urge NAO to monitor auditor powers

    19 August 2019

    The National Audit Office (NAO) should monitor auditors’ use of additional powers and use this to produce a report to help identify sector-wide risks and issues, the Government-appointed commissioners overseeing under-fire Northamptonshire CC (NCC) have urged.

  • Local audit at a 'crossroads'

    12 August 2019

    Local audit is at a ‘crossroads’ and needs to provide ‘better assurance and more impact for the public,’ Grant Thornton has said.

  • Audit separation call

    05 August 2019

    A call has been made for auditors’ value for money work to be separated out from their wider work on councils’ financial statements.

  • Auditors may consider 'emerging risks'

    29 July 2019

    Auditors could be given ‘more flexibility to consider emerging risks’ after the National Audit Office (NAO) said it would consider the move.

  • Reducing the risks from transition

    24 July 2019

    The May local elections returned significant numbers of new councillors including new single issue groups. Abdool Kara examines the role of chief executives in actively managing the transition.

  • CIPFA calls for auditing changes

    22 July 2019

    The information currently reported publicly by auditors does not help taxpayers understand the key issues, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has said.

  • Cost of cladding replacement fund could rise to £330m

    25 June 2019

    The cost of removing and replacing unsafe cladding on privately owned high-rise buildings could rise to as much as £330m, it has emerged.

  • EXCLUSIVE: NAO leaves open no-deal Brexit audit

    25 June 2019

    An assessment of how ready the UK is for a no-deal Brexit has not been ruled out by the National Audit Office (NAO).

  • New not-for-profit audit supplier suggested

    06 June 2019

    A not-for-profit audit supplier could be created to work alongside existing and any new firms entering the market, it has been suggested.

  • EXCLUSIVE: NAO to wade into fair funding review

    05 June 2019

    The National Audit Office (NAO) is gearing up to scrutinise the Government’s divisive fair funding review, The MJ can reveal.