At the latest meeting of the Audit, Standards and Governance Committee held on 2nd February 2022 Members considered a report on the subject of the appointment of external auditors for the Council. The recommendation from the Committee together with the report have been attached for Council’s consideration.
The Vice Chairman of the Audit, Standards and Governance Committee, Councillor P. Whittaker, presented a recommendation from the Committee on the subject of the appointment of the Council’s external auditors for the period 2023/24 to 2027/28. The appointment process had been discussed at a meeting of the Committee held on 2nd February 2022. The Committee had been advised that the Council could independently procure an external auditor, could work with other Councils to procure an external auditor or could join the Public Sector Audit Appointments’ (PSAA’s) national scheme for the appointment of external auditors. The Committee had concluded that the PSAA’s national scheme would be the most appropriate option for the Council.
RESOLVED to accept the Public Sector Audit Appointments’ invitation to opt into the sector-led option for the appointment of external auditors to principal local government and police bodies for a procurement period of five financial years from 1 April 2023 (that is to say from 2023/24 to 2027/28).