Local government audits

Local government audits, the process by which local authority accounts can be independently verified as reliable, are vital for understanding the state of local government finances, ensuring local accountability and supporting democracy.

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Our research

In England, the process is in crisis. There are severe backlogs that risk undermining trust in local government.

The Local Democracy Research Centre will be bringing together experts in the sector to explain the crisis: how we have got here, how local audit works in other countries, and what needs to change. This essay series will act as a comprehensive and accessible examination of a fiendishly complicated – but vital – topic.