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About Audit Commission

The Audit Commission is a public corporation set up in 1983 to protect the public purse. The Commission appoints auditors to councils, NHS bodies (excluding NHS foundation trusts), police authorities and other local public services in England, and oversees their work.

The appointed auditors are either Audit Commission employees (in-house Audit Practice of around 800 people) or one of the private audit firms. The Audit Practice also audits NHS foundation trusts under separate arrangements.

In total, the auditing remit covers £200 billion of public funds across some 11,000 bodies that deliver local services in England.

In August 2010, the government announced plans to put in place new arrangements for auditing England’s local public bodies. The Commission is now carrying out a procurement exercise to outsource the work of its in-house Audit Practice. Beginning in 2012/13, the Commission will award contracts of three to five years to private audit firms.

But there is vital audit work to be done before then and, at peak times, the Commission requires additional highly trained contractors to work alongside its own workforce. Together they’ll carry out important audit assignments for high-profile public sector organisations.