Audit Commission


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Audit Commission

An independent public body responsible for ensuring that public money is spent efficiently and effectively in areas of local government, housing, health, criminal justice, and fire and rescue services.
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The Audit Commission has seen nearly a four-fold rise in the number of referrals from five last year.
The Local Government Association will set up a new company to take on responsibility for management of the Audit Commission s contracts until the legal introduction of local appointment in 2017.
But the Audit Commission said it was concerned that authorities would find it harder to fight fraud in the future because they were losing staff in fraud detection departments.
Jon Roberts, West Midlands Regional Head of Public Sector Assurance at Grant Thornton, said: "The Audit Commission has recognised the high quality of Grant Thornton's work, the value for money we offer and our capacity and flexibility in delivering contracts of this size.
Last year the government announced it would close down the Audit Commission by April 2013, transferring its work to the private sector.
Experts from the Audit Commission carried out a Strategic Housing Inspection in Birmingham over a year ago.
The report was produced by the Audit Commission after being called in by the council's chief executive last year after concerns were raised by whistleblowers.
ACCA, which has more than 13, 000 members working in the public sector, accepts that the Audit Commission, which currently checks the efficiency and effectiveness of 11,000 public sector bodies, was in need of review.
The Audit Commission found that children from minority groups were likely to have poorer health outcomes and their parents were less likely to access mainstream health services.
If the Audit Commission hopes to be really effective in curbing waste ful public spending, it needs to put its house in order first before it can hope to reprimand and influence others.
The Audit Commission performs an important function in scrutinising public sector spending, but it urgently needs to put its own house in order if it is to retain any credibility when lecturing others.
Substantial improvements have occurred in the coalfields through a combination of national and local actions - regeneration works," said Audit Commission chairman Michael O'Higgins.

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