- Audit Commission
Infobox Government agency
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The Audit Commission is a
public corporationin the United Kingdom, established under the Local Government Finance Act 1982, to appoint auditors to all local authorities in England and Wales. The National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 extended the remit of the Commission to cover health service bodies. Legislation covering the Commission’s activities was consolidated into the Audit Commission Act 1998. One of the Commission’s primary objectives is to improve economy, efficiency and effectiveness in local government and the health service, directly through the auditand inspectionprocess and also through value for money studies. Since 1 April 2005 the Commission’s functions in Wales have been the responsibility of the Auditor General for Wales.
Auditors appointed by the Commission are responsible for
auditing local government in England, National Health Service Trusts and other local agencies in England, covering local government, health, housing, criminal justice and community safety.
It works in partnership with, but operates independently of, a number of Government Departments including the
Department for Communities and Local Government, the Home Office, the Department of Health and the National Assembly for Wales.
Chairman and Commissioners
The governing board of the Audit Commission is made up of Commissioners appointed by the
Department of Communities and Local Government. Since October 2006 their chairman has been Michael O'Higgins, who had for 10 years previously been managing partner of PA Consulting.
The Chief Executive of the Audit Commission is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Commission. The current Chief Executive is
Steve Bundred, who has held the position since 1 September 2003. Previous Heads have included Sir John Banham(later of the CBI), Sir Howard Davies (later of the CBI(Confederation of British Industry)), Bank of England, FSA(Financial Services Authority) and LSE(London School of Economics), and Sir Andrew Foster.
The Audit Commission has seven managing directors who are responsible for the operation of the various sections of the Commission. They are:
Tracey Dennison, Managing Director for Human Resources
*Gareth Davies, Managing Director for Local Government, Housing and Community Safety
Andy McKeon, Managing Director for Health
*Peter Wilkinson, Managing Director for Policy, Research & Studies
*Martin Evans, Managing Director for Audit
*Eugene Sullivan, Managing Director for Corporate Services
Jenny Grey, Managing Director for Communications & Public Reporting
National Audit Office (United Kingdom)
* [http://www.auditcommission.gov.uk/ Audit Commission website]
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