Draft Code of Audit Practice - invitation to comment
In light of COVID19 and the current pressures on public bodies we have extended the consultation on the draft Code of Audit Practice to 24 April 2020. After that date we will consider all the responses we have received, as well as opportunities for further direct engagement, ahead of finalising the code.
The Auditor General for Scotland and the Accounts Commission for Scotland revise and approve a new Code of Audit Practice (Code) every five years to clearly set out what they expect from the audit of public bodies. Once approved the Code applies to all types of audit work carried out on behalf of the Auditor General and the Accounts Commission, to all sectors and to all auditors - whether Audit Scotland or accountancy firms.
The Auditor General and the Accounts Commission have agreed to a single Code of Audit Practice. It brings together the requirements placed on the Auditor General for Scotland under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 and; the Accounts Commission under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, together with current professional requirements and best practice to set a framework for public audit in Scotland.
Auditor General for Scotland Caroline Gardner said:
“Independent, reliable and high-quality audit improves the use of public money and helps ensure the services we all rely on are as effective and efficient as they can be. The Code of Audit Practice is central to this, setting the principles of public audit and expectations on auditors. Through this we can maintain and strengthen the distinctive model we have in Scotland that safeguards independence, transparency and quality.
“Our consultation comes at a time of significant changes and pressures in public services. It’s crucial we hear views from as wide and diverse a group of people and organisations as possible.“
Accounts Commission chair Graham Sharp said:
“Independent external audit and assurance are essential features of public audit and the effective scrutiny of public services. This is even more important when finances and services are under pressure.
“This Code will help ensure that public audit in Scotland continues to add value to public bodies and supports the public and elected members to understand how public money is spent. The Accounts Commission welcomes your comments, particularly on the integration of best value audit reporting into the annual audit.“
You are invited to comment on the draft Code, which will apply to the audit of over 200 public bodies in Scotland from 1 April 2021, using the form below.
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Draft Code of Audit Practice response form
Please respond by 24 April 2020. When answering the questions please provide relevant explanations and detail in support of your comments. You do not need to respond to all questions but only those where you have a view.
Audit Scotland may use your responses when explaining how we have acted on the consultation. Your response should therefore be regarded as public.
When submitting this form, you agree to Audit Scotland holding the information you have submitted for the purposes of this consultation.
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