Appointing person

In July 2016, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government specified PSAA as an appointing person under regulation 3 of the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015.

For audits of the accounts from 2018/19, PSAA will appoint an auditor to relevant principal local government authorities that choose to opt into its national scheme. Appointments for 2018/19 must be made by 31 December 2017.

We have invited all principal local government bodies (NHS bodies are not included in the terms of PSAA’s specification) to become opted-in authorities. To find out more and to download the opt-in documentation, click here.

The list of authorities that have opted into the national appointing person arrangements to date can be found here.

The list of authorities that are making their own local arrangements can be found here.

We have prepared a set of frequently asked questions which aims to address the common questions we have received to date. We will keep these updated as development of the arrangements progresses.

Appointing person FAQs (updated 24 April 2017)

The procurement of audit services for opted-in authorities is a key component of developing the appointing person arrangements. To find out more about our procurement strategy and timescales, click here.

We have produced a list of the 495 principal local government bodies currently eligible to join the appointing person scheme (8 May 2017).

List of principal LG bodies

We have also produced a prospectus to explain how we planned to develop the arrangements for local auditor appointment.

PSAA prospectus August 2016

We will continue to update the appointing person webpages regularly with progress at key stages. If you have a specific enquiry please contact us at