Audit Commission streamlines operations

Link: Audit Commission slams nationally set targets

The commission is targeting efficiency savings that will reduce the annual fees it charges local government saving the taxpayer £24m a year, 12% of the current bill.

A new report, Strategic Regulation: minimising the burden, maximising the impact, outlines the Audit Commission’s commitment to maximising improvement in the public sector while minimising bureaucracy through scaling-back of audit and inspection work in local government proportionate to performance and risk.

The commission said it was also recommending significant reductions in a number of activities that do not represent good value for tax payers, such as certification of grants and the vetting of council plans.

In addition, six new appointments were made to the board of the commission.

They are Dr Jennifer Dixon, Sir Michael Lyons, professor Peter Smith, Baroness Scott, Peter Jones and Steve Bundred.

Announcing the appointments, local government minister Nick Raynsford said: ‘Each of these new appointees has an impressive amount of experience gained in a wide range of organisations.’

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