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Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009

Sections 38 - Power to appoint auditor; Section 39 - Power to appoint replacement auditor; and Section 40 - Exclusions

110.Section 38 provides that the audit authority may appoint a person to carry out an audit of a local authority entity where the entity appears to the audit authority to meet the qualifying criteria. The audit authority must consult the entity before making the appointment; and, after making the appointment, the audit authority must notify the relevant local authority. The appointment is made for a financial year of the entity and must be made before the start of that year. In the case of an appointment to a qualifying entity for its first financial year, an appointment may be made during the year.

111.Section 39 provides that where an appointed auditor dies, is dismissed, or is unable or unwilling to act, the audit authority may appoint a replacement auditor for that financial year. The audit authority must consult the entity before making a replacement appointment and after making the replacement appointment must notify the relevant local authority.

112.Section 40 provides that, unless the entity otherwise requests, the audit authority must not make an appointment if the entity appears to be exempt from statutory audit. A company, an LLP or an I&PS is to be exempt if it appears to the audit authority that the entity is, or will be, exempt from audit under Part 16 of the Companies Act 2006 (including as applied to LLPs) or under the Friendly and Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1968.

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