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Audit Commission

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Guide to accessing information

Important difference between Appointed Auditors and the Audit Commission

The Audit Commission is listed as a public authority in the Freedom of Information Act (FoI Act). The Commission appoints Auditors, who operate under their own statutory powers, separate from those of the Commission.

Unlike the Audit Commission, Appointed Auditors are not 'public authorities' for the purposes of the FoI Act. This means that the information they hold is not subject to the FoI Act.

Why is this?


How does this affect my right of access to information?

(1) If the information you require is held by the Appointed Auditor…the FoI Act does not apply:

  • You should address your request to them. Please see the following contact details.
  • The Appointed Auditor will consider whether they can provide you with the information requested by considering Section 49 of the Audit Commission Act.

(2) If the information you require is held by the Audit Commission…the FoI Act applies:

  • You should address your request to the Audit Commission. Read further information on accessing information held by the Audit Commission.
  • The Audit Commission will consider whether it can provide you with the information requested.
  • First, it will consider whether Section 49 of the Audit Commission Act applies. Second, it will consider whether any other exemptions defined by the FoI Act apply.

(3) If the information you require has been passed to the Audit Commission by the Appointed Auditor…the FoI Act applies:

  • The information is held by the Audit Commission; the Commission will consider whether it can provide the information requested using the same process outlined in (2).

How can I make a request for information?

The Commission routinely published a large variety and volume of information via both its Publication Scheme and website.

Please see our Publication Scheme or search our website or for the information you require before making an individual request.

How can I make a request for information?

Please see our requesting information page.

How can I request personal information about myself?

If you want to request access to personal information the Audit Commission may hold about you, please see Guide 1: How to request personal information.


Why is this?

Auditors have existed for many years, undertaking audits and fulfilling a separate, independent role with its own legal responsibilities; prior to 1982, organisations could appoint their own auditors. This changed with the introduction of the Audit Commission.

  • The Commission became responsible for the appointment of auditors and a degree of oversight of their activities. However, the legal responsibilities of Auditors did not change – they still held a separate, independent role with its own legal responsibilities.

The Audit Commission Act therefore draws a distinction between the roles and responsibilities of the Audit Commission and those of the Appointed Auditor.

  • The FoI Act draws a similar distinction: the information held by the Audit Commission is covered by the FoI Act, but that held by the Appointed Auditor is not.