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AUDIT SAFEGUARD BEING IGNORED

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The Audit Commission is disappointed at slow progress in the appointment of council audit committees. Commission c...
The Audit Commission is disappointed at slow progress in the appointment of council audit committees. Commission chair Dame Helena Shovelton said it is disappointing only 52% of councils had made appointments.

She said the commission had decided to highlight the issue in its annual report because the committees can be a vital tool for checking probity.

'It is very hard for councils where there is a keen political dimension to conduct an apolitical oversight. The point of an audit committee is that it is apolitical,' she said.

The report voices concern that in nearly 40% of councils internal audit was assessed as being only 'adequate'. It says changes will be important because of the role internal audit has in best value.
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