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Public Notice - Local Auditor Appointment 2018/19

Grant Thornton (UK) LLP has been appointed as the Council's External Auditor with effect from the 2018/19 financial year, for a period of five years.

Under Section 8(2) of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, this Authority must publish a notice relating to the appointment of its Local Auditor.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council decided to accept the invitation of Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd (PSAA) to opt into a sector led option for the appointment of the Council’s external auditors for five years from 2018/19.

PSAA were specified as the 'appointing person' under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. This meant that PSAA would make auditor appointments to relevant principal local government bodies that chose to opt into the national appointment arrangements.

The consultation on proposed appointments closed on 22 September 2017. As part of the process the Council was asked to confirm its satisfaction with Grant Thornton (UK) LLP as its External Auditor from 2018/19, which it did. Formal notification of the appointment was then received from PSAA on the 19 December 2017. This appointment is made under regulation 13 of the Local Audit (Appointing Persons) Regulations 2015.

Grant Thornton (UK) LLP has been Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s external auditors since 2012/13.