Government hauls in auditors after 'flying blind' accusation

By Mark Conrad | 30 November 2021

Ministers have today convened an emergency meeting with local government audit firms amid fears Whitehall is ‘flying blind’ over council finances.

With warnings of further Section 114 notices and precarious town hall finances due to COVID-19, local government minister Kemi Badenoch chaired a meeting between Whitehall officials and private sector audit firms, with civil servants understood to have been keen to raise auditors ‘overly optimistic expectations’.

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