Appointing period 2023/24 – 2027/28

We have produced a draft prospectus to introduce the PSAA national scheme from April 2023 which invites views and comments from local bodies and other interested parties in relation to the aims of the scheme and how it needs to develop going forward.

We have initiated a market engagement exercise which invites views and comments from registered local auditors on our early thinking on some of the key characteristics of a potential procurement strategy.

We have prepared a set of frequently asked questions  which aims to address the often-asked questions. We will regularly update these as we develop the arrangements.

We have also produced a list of bodies June 2021 (excel file) currently eligible to join the appointing person scheme.  This includes those smaller authorities which have chosen to be a full audit authority (Regulation 8 of Local Audit (Smaller Authorities) Regulations 2015). We hope that most bodies will choose to opt into our scheme.

The procurement of audit services for opted-in bodies is a key component of developing the appointing person arrangements. Our initial thinking on some of the key characteristics of our procurement strategy are contained in our draft prospectus. We will publish our procurement strategy during autumn 2021.

Following the completion of the procurement of audit services, we will start the auditor appointment process. We expect to:

  • publish the process for making individual auditor appointments for opted-in bodies from 2023/24 during spring/summer 2022;
  • consult with opted-in bodies on proposed auditor appointments during the late summer/autumn 2022; and
  • confirm all auditor appointments by 31 December 2022.

We will regularly update this area of the website. If you have a specific enquiry please contact us at [email protected]