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Timeliness of local auditor reporting


In 2021 the Committee reported that the system of local government audit in England was close to breaking point, reinforcing concerns about councils’ ability to budget effectively. Subsequently, in October 2022, the Committee reported that the pandemic had exacerbated existing failures in the local audit market, with a minority of Local Government audits in England and Wales completed by the target dates in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

The Committee will question senior officials at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Financial Reporting Council on the latest picture in local public audit, and progress implementing the findings of the 2019 Redmond Review.

If you have evidence on local auditor reporting please submit it here by 6pm on Monday 6 March 2023.

Please have a look at the requirements for written evidence submissions and note the Committee cannot accept material as evidence that has been published elsewhere.