How can PSAA get the message out to all councils about the issues faced by local audit and support both councils and the audit partners in explaining this story?

We have spoken and written often of the systemic issues facing the local audit system in the communications sent to S151 officers and Audit Committee Chairs, and we will continue to do so. We are also an active member of the Local Audit Liaison Committee, chaired by the FRC from May 2023 and attended by key local audit stakeholders. This enables us to feed in body and auditor perspectives to decisions about changes to the local audit framework, and the urgent need to address audit timeliness.

Tony Crawley, PSAA’s Chief Executive, gave evidence at the March 2023 Public Accounts Committee (PAC) enquiry on the timelines of local government audit opinions in England. The transcript of the meeting can be accessed on the PAC’s website. The PAC continues to show an interest in the challenges affecting local audit. Steve Freer, PSAA’s Chair, also shared his thoughts in an article that considered the wider local audit landscape in October 2022.