The standard of auditors’ work at local public bodies improved during the last financial year, the Audit Commission has said.

The Audit Commission’s Auditing the Accounts 2011/12 report found there have been improvements in the standard of financial reporting at councils, fire and rescue authorities, police bodies, other local government bodies, parish councils and internal drainage boards.

The report also found that many audited bodies received audit advice from unqualified auditors about their accounts.

Paul Mason, assistant director for professional services at CIPFA, welcomed the report’s conclusions that there have been improvements in the performance of financial reporting

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