We provide a distinctive range of audit and advisory services to all types of local authority and we are passionate about the difference that well-run local government can make to the communities it serves.
Our diverse team blends specialist local government expertise and wide commercial experience. We can therefore offer technical excellence, a deep understanding of the challenges facing local authorities and fresh thinking to help tackle them.
Our local government audit work is led by Gareth Davies, formerly Managing Director of the Audit Commission’s Audit Practice. We are the external auditor of several metropolitan, unitary and district councils in the North of England. Our highly experienced external auditors are supported by a strong technical team which includes local government specialists, well versed in local authority accounting and financial reporting. We use this expertise to support our clients with technical updates, as well as contributing to professional developments across the sector.
We understand the special features of local government audit including its focus on the economic, efficient and effective use of resources and its role in providing assurance to elected members and local taxpayers. We believe that our approach delivers the required assurance efficiently as well as offering valuable insight to members and officers.
Contact: Gareth Davies
We are also one of the firms appointed by the Audit Commission to carry out the audit of local councils (parish and town councils) and other small bodies in England, and by the Wales Audit Office to audit community councils in Wales.
Contact: Stephen Christopher
Governance, risk and internal controls
Mazars provides a full range of services in respect of governance, risk and internal audit. We work with our local government clients in a variety of ways which include full outsourcing, partial outsourcing, the provision of specialist services and secondment/temporary assistance.
We have a wide range of staff at all levels who can assist in all areas of management assurance including project assurance and grant assurance work (pre-assurance and grant certification services). We have particular expertise in respect of EU funding and compliance with EU rules and regulations.
Local government advisory
Capital funding for local government is under severe pressure but remains vital to the growth of the economy and the quality of local service provision. It has never been more important to understand the full range of options for financing key projects.
We are uniquely placed to not only develop appropriate project strategies, but also to help access cutting edge funding solutions which are essential to deliver the level of savings required. We bring an understanding of local government finance, along with private sector expertise to drive value for our clients. We can help you finance and deliver a wide range of both infrastructure and service projects.
Contact: Bob Green
We recognise the fundamental importance of the economy to councils and their communities, and the growing role that councils are expected to play in a changed economic and delivery landscape.
Our economic development team has extensive public and private sector experience across all aspects of economic development: business growth; employment; regeneration; housing; skills; inward investment; and tourism. The team have done extensive work for councils and government on shaping policy and delivery to meet new challenges, and work closely with our project finance colleagues in developing mechanisms to fund economic development.
The team specialises in strategy and policy development, project development and value for money assessment, and in the development of funding packages.
Contact: Richard Cairns
Driving change and continuous improvement in addition to your business as usual pressures is not straight forward. Our dedicated Business Performance Improvement (BPI) team work closely with you to design and deliver practical solutions to your specific challenges.
Our BPI team have a range of established service offerings that we tailor to your unique requirements including Business Process Redesign, Organisation Design, Management Information & Reporting, Project and Change Management.
Fees and charges
We have compared the fees and charges applied by individual councils with their choice of comparator councils, and identified opportunities to increase income, as well as reviewed their charging policies for consistency with wider objectives, such as inclusion and equality of access.
Contact: Gavin Barker