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Cutswatch #202: Audit Commission scrapped

13 Aug 2010, by in Cuts Watch

The Audit Commission will be scrapped, Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced this afternoon. The Commission is an independent watchdog charged with auditing and supporting local councils to ensure that they deliver effective, value for money services.  In a move set to raise plenty of questions (and eyebrows) the audit functions of the Commission will be moved to the private sector. Its research activities will simply cease. In the statement, Eric Pickles said,

“I want to see the commission’s auditing function become independent of Government, competing for future audit business from the public and private sector. These proposed changes go hand in hand with plans to create an army of armchair auditors – local people able to hold local bodies to account for the way their tax pounds are spent and what that money is delivering.”

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  2. Jim
    Aug 13th 2010, 8:47 pm

    I suspect it’s not the auditing or research functions that prompted this move, but the local authority inspection function. By scrapping Comprehensive Area Assessment, the Place Survey and now the Audit Commission, the new government has almost completely dismantled the council accountability structure. I’m sure they think it’s a great idea now. I’m equally sure they’ll come to regret it.