Government can’t keep ‘flying blind’ on council finances

By Heather Jameson | 01 December 2021
  • Heather Jameson

Government ministers and senior civil servants are apparently ‘flying blind’ when it comes to understanding councils’ financial performances, the formidable chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Dame Meg Hillier, has said.

Despite an undisclosed and opaque watch list – much of which is a fairly open secret in local government circles – the current failures of the audit market make it largely impossible to see the true picture of council finances.

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