Audit Commission

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Axing Audit Commission 'will save £50m'

Abolishing the Audit Commission will save £50m a year, local government minister Grant Shapps told a committee of MPs

05 Apr 2011

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Local housing minister questioned on future of public audit

Westminster will hear evidence about the future of public sector audit today, as local government minister Grant Shapps will appear before the Communities and Local Government Committee this afternoon

04 Apr 2011

Lord MacGregor with Lords audit report

Poor performance in banking crisis weakens case for Big Four status quo

Lord MacGregor, chairman of the Lords' economic affairs committee, on the findings of its audit inquiry

01 Apr 2011

Audit Commission consultation rings in the changes

The Audit Commission break-up has begun with a consultation period lasting until 30 June

31 Mar 2011

Local government audit fees cut

Audit Commission looks to lower audit fees

01 Mar 2011

2013 abolition timetable for Audit Commission

Parliamentary timetables mean the auditor of local government could still be working until 2013

24 Feb 2011

Audit must aim higher

Who do auditors really serve – shareholders, citizens or their "clients"?

11 Feb 2011

Audit Commission's demise risks audit independence

Sweep away your troubles: With the Audit Commission gone, auditors may be tempted into sweeping bad news under the carpet

10 Feb 2011

Fees will rise as Audit Commission is abolished

Closing down the Audit Commission will see audit concentrated in the Big Four firms and fees rise, MPs hear

08 Feb 2011

In a Pickles

The abolition of the Audit Commission needs a rethink

13 Jan 2011

MPs announce inquiry into Audit Commission abolition

Inquiry to ensure local authorities receive value for money

10 Nov 2010

Audit Commission's demise may see Big Five emerge

A future Big Five: lucrative audit commission contracts could see the emergence of a new big player in audit

04 Nov 2010

Video: Audit Commission to become fifth big firm?

Could the Big Four be challenged by a new firm created from remnants of the Audit Commission?

28 Oct 2010

Audit reform special report

In the wake of the financial crisis the pressure is on from many quarters to reform audit in the UK.

28 Oct 2010

PwC slates FRC idea to create Big Five

PwC attacks watchdog's suggestion Audit Commission could become next big firm

22 Oct 2010

Audit Commission should be denied to Big Four

Financial Reporting Council says Big Four acquisition of the Audit Commission would damage the audit market

15 Oct 2010

A tough commission

The Audit Commission’s scrapping will be a disappointment but not a surprise to interim chief executive Eugene Sullivan

09 Sep 2010

News round-up 9 September 2010

The big stories on accountancyage.com from the last two weeks

09 Sep 2010

Audit Commission names Gareth Davies in crucial MD role

Davies to lead the commission's audit practice, in what could be a vital role in influencing its future in an open local government audit market

06 Sep 2010

Firms eye up Audit Commission work

The demise of the Audit Commission could spark a feeding frenzy for the body's work between the big firms

19 Aug 2010

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KPMG's foray into the SME market will likely succeed, but it must convince clients it will ‘care' in the same way a ‘local' practice would

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David vs Goliath? Small practitioners pick apart KPMG's SME move

Storm erupts after Big Four firm announces it will take on high-street accountants and the mid-tier accountancy firms that focus predominantly on SME market

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Colin wonders how much Ben Affleck's turn in The Accountant will differ from his previous roles

Taking Stock: Shooting begins on Affleck thriller The Accountant

Affleck is the star in Warner Brothers flick about and a mild-mannered accountant who becomes a high-class assassin by night

Colin: Captain Obvious joins the Lib Dems

Colin wonders what other bleeding obvious policies the Lib Dems will announce in the run-up to the election

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