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2(1)A relevant authority's auditor panel, other than a health service body's auditor panel—E+W

(a)must consist of a majority of independent members (or wholly of independent members), and

(b)must be chaired by an independent member.

[F1(2)A member of a relevant authority’s auditor panel, other than a health service body’s auditor panel, is “independent” at any given time if the following conditions are met—

(a)the panel member has not been a member or officer of the authority within the period of 5 years ending with that time (the “last 5 years”),

(b)the panel member has not, within the last 5 years, been a member or officer of another relevant authority that is (at the given time) connected with the authority or with which (at the given time) the authority is connected,

(c)the panel member has not, within the last 5 years, been an officer or employee of an entity, other than a relevant authority, that is (at the given time) connected with the authority,

(d)the panel member is not a relative or close friend of—

(i)a member or officer of the authority,

(ii)a member or officer of another relevant authority that is connected with the authority or with which the authority is connected, or

(iii)an officer or employee of an entity, other than a relevant authority, that is connected with the authority,

(e)the panel member is not the authority’s elected mayor,

(f)neither the panel member, nor any body in which the panel member has a beneficial interest, has entered into a contract with the authority—

(i)under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed, and

(ii)which has not been fully discharged,

(g)the panel member is not a current or prospective auditor of the authority, and

(h)the panel member has not, within the last 5 years, been—

(i)an employee of a person who is (at the given time) a current or prospective auditor of the authority,

(ii)a partner in a firm that is (at the given time) a current or prospective auditor of the authority, or

(iii)a director of a body corporate that is (at the given time) a current or prospective auditor of the authority.]

[F2(4)Sub-paragraphs (5) to (6D) modify the application of sub-paragraph (2) in relation to—

(a)cases where the relevant authority referred to in the opening words of sub-paragraph (2) (the “relevant authority concerned”) is a police and crime commissioner, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, another functional body or the Greater London Authority, and

(b)relevant authorities that are corporations sole (including, but not limited to, corporations sole mentioned in paragraph (a)).

(5)Where the relevant authority concerned is the police and crime commissioner for an area, references to “the authority” include the chief constable for the area.

(6)Where the relevant authority concerned is the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, references to “the authority” include the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and the Greater London Authority.

(6A)Where the relevant authority concerned is a functional body other than the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, references to “the authority” include the Greater London Authority.

(6B)Where the relevant authority concerned is the Greater London Authority, references to “the authority” include a functional body and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.

(6C)Where a relevant authority is a corporation sole, references to “a member” of the relevant authority are to a holder of that office of corporation sole.

(6D)Sub-paragraph (6C) applies regardless of whether the relevant authority is—

(a)the relevant authority concerned,

(b)a relevant authority treated under any of sub-paragraphs (5) to (6B) as included in a reference to the relevant authority concerned, or

(c)a relevant authority that is connected with an authority falling within paragraph (a) or (b), or with which such an authority is connected.

(7)In sub-paragraph (2)—

  • “elected mayor” has the same meaning as in Part 1A of the Local Government Act 2000;

  • “officer”, in relation to an entity other than a relevant authority, means a person elected or appointed as, or to, that entity.]

(8)For the purposes of [F3sub-paragraph (2)(d)], a person (“R”) is a relative of another person (“P”) if R is—

(a)P's partner,

(b)P's parent or grandparent,

(c)P's son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter or grandchild,

(d)P's brother or sister,

(e)P's uncle, aunt, nephew or niece,

(f)a parent, son, daughter, brother or sister of P's partner, or

(g)a partner of any person within paragraphs (b) to (f),

and for this purpose “partner” means a spouse, civil partner or someone a person lives with as if they were husband and wife or civil partners.

[F4(8A)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)(f) to (h)—

  • “body in which the panel member has a beneficial interest” means a body in which the panel member is a partner, or of which the panel member is a director, or in the securities of which the panel member has a beneficial interest;

  • “current or prospective auditor”, in relation to a relevant authority, means—

    (a)

    the person appointed to act as the authority’s local auditor, or

    (b)

    a person who has made a bid, which has not been declined or withdrawn, for a contract of appointment as the authority’s local auditor;

  • “director” includes a member of the management committee or other directing body of a registered society, and a member of a limited liability partnership;

  • “registered society” means a registered society within the meaning of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014;

  • “securities” means shares, debentures, debenture stock, loan stock, bonds, units of a collective investment scheme within the meaning of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and other securities of any description, other than money deposited with a building society.]

(9)The Secretary of State may by regulations amend this paragraph so as to make provision about the members of a relevant authority's auditor panel who are or are not independent for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1).

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Amendments (Textual)

F1Sch. 4 para. 2(2) substituted for Sch. 4 para. 2(2)(3) (12.11.2014) by The Local Audit (Auditor Panel Independence) Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014/2845), reg. 1, 2(2)

Commencement Information

I1Sch. 4 para. 2(9) in force at 4.4.2014 for specified purposes by S.I. 2014/900, art. 2(i)

I2Sch. 4 para. 2 in force at 1.4.2015 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2015/841, art. 3(h)

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