Protecting the public purse

Consultation on 2013/14 work programme and scales of fees

The Audit Commission is consulting on its 2013/14 proposed work programme and scales of fees.

Two separate consultation documents cover the Commission’s work:

  • at local government and police bodies; and
  • at health bodies.

Following an exercise to outsource the work of its in-house audit practice, in March 2012 the Commission announced significant reductions of up to 40 per cent in audit and certification fees from 2012/13 onwards. When we announced the reductions, we said that we expected these lower fees to apply for five years, from 2012/13 to 2016/17, subject to annual review.

We do not plan to make any changes to the work programme for 2013/14. We therefore propose that scale audit fees are set at the same level as the fees applicable for 2012/13.

We will publish the final work programme and scales of fees for 2013/14 by April 2013.

The consultation does not cover small bodies subject to the limited assurance regime. Information about the audit of small bodies can be found on our dedicated small bodies webpage.


Now available for you to view are:

Proposed work programme and scales of fees consultation for local government and police bodies

Proposed work programme and scales of fees consultation for Health

Proposed scale fees for individual audited bodies are available from the links to the left of this page.

We hope you find this information useful and welcome your comments on our proposals.

Please send comments by email to or by post to:

Jon Hayes, Associate Controller of Audit (Compliance)
Audit Commission
Millbank Tower

by Friday 8 February 2013.