Making a proactive contribution to our communities and wider society has always been fundamental to Mazars’ values and the way we do business. We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the local government sector, acting responsibly in the public interest and helping build the economic foundations of a fair and prosperous world.
Why do we care about local government?
As demands on UK public services continue to increase, it's essential to find ways to be fiscally responsible while still meeting those demands. Our team has the experience and expertise to help tackle this challenge head-on. We understand the unique features of the UK public services landscape and the complexities of socio-economic trends at both regional and national levels. That's why we offer a powerful blend of specialist public service audit, assurance, and advisory experience, combined with cutting-edge commercial know-how. Let us help you navigate this complex environment and achieve your goals.
What do we think about current issues facing local government?
We help public sector organisations to navigate their specific challenges and find better ways of working, whether that’s through external audit, assurance, governance and risk, cyber security, sustainability, forensics, investigations, consulting or outsourcing.
Through our audit and assurance work, we deliver insight and promote transparency. We believe constructive challenge, based on mutual trust and respect, builds confidence in how local government reports to its stakeholders.
Our team provides external audit services to over 100 local authorities across the UK. From upper tier local authorities to park authorities and parish councils, pension schemes, police and fire authorities, we work with the full spectrum of bodies making up local government as well as their subsidiaries. Our robust approach ensures a Mazars audit delivers full benefits to local authorities and its stakeholders.
Mazars expertise extends to grant assurance, including project assurance and funding compliance (pre-assurance and grant certification services), where we have experience in both UK and international grant funding assurance requirements.
Mazar’s public sector specialists understand the difficult environment local authorities work in, and the governance and accountability requirements they operate under.
By combining the right people, the right skills and specialist sector expertise, we work closely with senior management to develop practical and pragmatic solutions to often complex issues through our provision of a full range of ‘joined-up’ governance, risk management and internal audit services, including specialist areas such as ESG.
Our team includes experts in digital transformation, data management, cyber threats and cyber security strategy. Whether you need to improve your cyber security, protect your organisation from ransomware attacks, or improve your processes and data management through to planning your digital transformation strategy for future growth, we have a team of specialists on stand-by ready to help.
Our teams work collaboratively with local government clients to harness their strengths and unlock opportunities for innovation, with the objective of delivering meaningful change and sustainable services, including specialist areas such as PFI and Waste Management.
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If you would like to speak with a member of our team, please contact us today.
Based on survey data, the 'Beyond efficiency report' looks to understand Councils' approaches to financial sustainability and risk. The annual 'local government internal audit planning report' analyses common causes for issues being identified, and makes suggestions for areas internal auditors may want to include in their annual plan to gain assurance that the root causes are being addressed.
Insights from over 170 individuals across the UK public and social sector highlighted that the UK is on the cusp of a recruitment and retention crisis. Amid ongoing social and economic instability, how can we improve efforts to support our public sector workforce and effectively attract new talent?
Over 300 individuals from across the UK public and social sector told us that the UK is at a critical juncture. Amid on going social and economic turmoil, decisive action is needed now to support those most in need.
The Apex Framework, delivered by Croydon Council and Mazars, provides local authorities with internal audit resources in a tried and tested framework, offering excellent value and a streamlined appointment process.
As a new audit committee member in Local Government, it can be a challenge to hit the ground running, whilst at the same time gaining a meaningful understanding of your role and remaining focused on the key issues.