Setting fees

Audit fees

The duty to specify scales of fees is one of PSAA’s statutory functions as the appointing person. Before setting a scale of fees, we are required to consult with opted-in authorities, relevant representative associations of local authorities and relevant bodies of accountants. We also consult other key stakeholders to ensure that our consultation is genuine and as productive as possible. Following consultation, we publish the scale of fees on our website.

The scale fees for individual opted-in authorities are normally based on the scale fee for the previous year, reflecting the auditor’s assessment of audit risk and complexity. We would only expect variations from the scale fee to occur where these factors are significantly different from those identified and reflected in the fee for the previous year.

PSAA can approve proposed variations to the scale fee for an individual opted-in authority, to reflect changes in circumstances. We obtain updated fee information from appointed auditors, and explanations for any proposed variations from the scale fee, on a regular basis. We consider the reasonableness of the explanations provided by auditors before agreeing to any variation to the scale fee. Our procedure for dealing with fee variations is detailed here: PSAA fee variation process

Scale fees are based on the expectation that audited bodies are able to provide the auditor with complete and materially accurate financial statements, with supporting working papers, within agreed timeframes.

PSAA will charge fees for considering objections from the point at which auditors accept an objection as valid, or any special investigations such as those arising from disclosures under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, as a variation to the scale fee.

Links to more detailed pages on audit fees are provided to the left of this page.