The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published the Draft Local Audit Bill in July 2012 for consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny. Some 162 organisations responded to the consultation, which closed at the end of August. This report from DCLG is a summary of the responses received.
The summary reveals that there is still concern and uncertainty amongst respondents about the role of the Auditor Panel in the appointment of the external auditor. The Government indicates that this will be considered further and that there will be a need for guidance in this area.
The consultation had also asked for views about which Department should host the operation of the National Fraud Initiative in the future. The most popular suggestion was for the National Fraud Authority to take this on.
Diana Melville, Advisor
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