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What's the problem with local audit?

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In this Insights In Focus episode, we discuss the effectiveness of local authority audit and assurance.

Many local authorities are facing a difficult financial situation, with pressure to deliver services at a time of stretched resources. There are also questions regarding the timely delivery and usefulness of their audited accounts – and whether councillors require financial training to support decision making.

Host Philippa Lamb discusses the issues with Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee; James Jamieson, Chair of the Local Government Association; and Alison Ring, Director of Public Sector and Taxation at ICAEW.




Philippa Lamb


  • Meg Hillier MP, Chair, Public Accounts Committee
  • James Jamieson, Chair, Local Government Association
  • Alison Ring, Director, Public Sector and Taxation, ICAEW


Natalie Chisholm

Episode first published: 3 April 2023
Podcast recorded: 24 March 2023

All views expressed on this podcast are those of the contributors and don’t necessarily reflect those of ICAEW or its members.