Appointing person information

In July 2016 Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd (PSAA) was selected by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to take on the role of Appointing Person for principal local government and police bodies.

The role of an Appointing Person is to lead the development, implementation and management of a collective scheme for the appointment of local auditors and the setting of associated scale fees. This has the effect of creating choice within the new framework. Local bodies can either organise their own processes to make their own auditor appointment or they can join the collective scheme developed by the selected Appointing Person.

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 produced an overview of the Appointing Person scheme which outlines the nature and scope of an Appointing Person’s responsibilities and explains why PSAA is well suited to take on this role. It also provides a detailed progress report on our work to date to ensure that the role delivers significant, tangible benefits for the local bodies which opt into our carefully designed Appointing Person arrangements.

We have also 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.

To find out how to become an opted-in authority and to see the lists of authorities that have already opted in and those that are making local arrangements, click here.

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

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

Establish an overall strategy for procurement

by November 2016

Achieve ‘sign-up’ of opted-in authorities

by 9 March 2017

Invite tenders from audit firms

by April 2017

Award contracts

by 30 June 2017

Consult on and make final auditor appointments

by 31 December 2017

Consult on proposed fee scale and publish fees

by 31 March 2018