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Auditors' local government chief to depart

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The National Audit Office boss responsible for its scrutiny reports into local government is to leave the body next month ahead of a new appointment.

Lynda McMullan, assistant auditor general with responsibility for local government, health and education, is to depart when her two-year contract comes to an end next month.

Lynda McMullan

Ms McMullan, left, a former director of finance at Kent CC and acting director of finance at Hammersmith & Fulham LBC, was appointed in 2011 at a time when the NAO began to take over the work of the Audit Commission.

During that time she set up the local government reference panel, chaired by LGA chief executive Carolyn Downs, and built relationships with local government bodies at a time when councils feared “mission creep” might turn the NAO into a new Audit Commission.

A spokeswoman for the NAO said: “She has helped us to build excellent foundations for our new work with local government and guided our work with DCLG and the sector during the passage of the government’s Local Audit Bill.

“She has built a strong team focused on local delivery, has developed our relationships with the sector, and has been responsible for some high-profile VFM reports. We will now be looking for a replacement to build on Lynda’s excellent work.”

The NAO is currently interviewing for a replacement and a spokeswoman said they are looking for another person with a local government background.

A number of other personnel changes are taking place as part of the transformation programme agreed with the public accounts commission, the body which oversees the NAO.

A spokeswoman said around 40 jobs were to go and that a quarter of those would be replaced with people who had skills appropriate for new priority areas in local government and health.

Another local government figure, former Hounslow LBC finance director Stephen Fitzgerald, is also due to leave the NAO on the completion of his secondment to the post of director of value for money studies.

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