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SIR DAVID: LABOUR RISKS REPUTATION

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Labour's plans for local government could compromise the Audit Commission's independence, Sir David Cooksey told LG...
Labour's plans for local government could compromise the Audit Commission's independence, Sir David Cooksey told LGC.

Under the plans, the commission will be charged with recommending the environment secretary to send in commissioners to run council services if the auditor believed they were failing. The commission was not consulted before the proposals were published.

'Is the auditor the right person to do that? He is patently not a manager of services,' said Sir David. 'I question very much whether that is the Audit Commission's job.'

Sir David said he was speaking in a personal capacity.

'The commission has built up a reputation for independence which is respected across the political spectrum. I believe any government would sacrifice that at its peril.'
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