Head of Audit Commission steps down

The body in charge of auditing local government sunk into crisis yesterday
after the surprise resignation of its chairman after a bust-up with local
government leaders.

Commission chairman James Strachan stepped down after being criticised for
claiming more than half of councils were failing to deliver value for money

Members of the commission’s board were also reported to have lost confidence
in Strachan.

His job will be filled temporarily by deputy chairman Sir Michael Lyons while
a permanent replacement is found. Lyons is currently carrying out a government
review into the way councils are financed.

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