This in an operational matter for the Audit Commission and I have asked the Controller of Audit at the Audit Commission to write to the noble Lord direct. I would add that the programme to end routine inspection and assessment, disband the Audit Commission and introduce a new local audit framework will save £650 million of taxpayers' money over the next five years.
Letter from Marcine Waterman, Controller of Audit for Audit Commission to Lord Christopher, dated 18 September 2012
Your Parliamentary Question outlined above has been passed to me to reply. The Commission employed:
1,985 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff including auditors on
1,409 FTE staff including auditors on
1,017 FTE staff including auditors on
968 FTE staff left the organisation between
The cost of changes in the staff complement (defined as the cost of exit packages paid or provided for) was:
£26.0 million for 668 staff in 2010/11. £0.2 million paid to these staff appeared in the 2011/12 accounts because actual payments exceeded the estimated provisions; and
£19.8 million for 366 staff in 2011/12, of whom 98 had left by
All of these figures are shown in the Commission's audited statutory accounts.
A copy of this letter will appear in Hansard.