Policy paper

Accountability: adapting to decentralisation

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This report examines how accounting officers will both drive the government's localism agenda and continue to account to Parliament for the use of public money



Where decentralised delivery arrangements are used, the report recommends that accounting officers should be responsible for ensuring that there is a robust local accountability system in place and that accounting officers should publish statements setting out the accountability systems for the major decentralised funding streams that they responsible for.

The report includes example accountability system statements for local government and the police.

This version was provided to the Public Accounts Committee to inform the hearing on 14 September 2011.