|Clive Betts MP|
Echoing the concerns of the House of Lords over the Public Finance Bill, Committee Chair Clive Betts MP told Public Finance that the abolition of the Audit Commission was a ‘big issue’.
"The government is taking a very hands-off approach to audit and inspection and we want to explore how that will work in practice.
"We will also be looking closely to ensure that the useful work which the commission does through value-for-money studies can be continued, for the good of local government as a whole."Betts, speaking to Public Finance last week, expressed concern that, if councils were given the freedom to appoint their own auditors, there would be nothing to stop them dismissing firms that issue the reports if they do not like what they say.
The committee is asking for interested groups to submit evidence by 6 January 2011.