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Briefing paper

The truth tellers: why we need profound audit sector reform now

Auditing Sector regulation United Kingdom

In 2017, seemingly out of the blue, the construction giant, Carillion, collapsed. The official inquiry into its failure describes the situation running up to the company's collapse as 'a story of recklessness, hubris and greed'.

In this report, the authors highlight that dramas like this one are playing out in smaller forms in other UK businesses every year. This leaves the UK economy with significant costs.

Bad governance and poor management with too little accountability in businesses is at the heart of this problem. Auditors should be the gatekeepers - helping to keep such financial mismanagement at bay. Yet too often, they are failing to do so.

In this first report of a three-part series, the authors provide an assessment of the core problems of the audit sector and their costs for society. They also show how a reformed audit sector could be boon for a productive economy.

Related Information

Remaking audit: a plan for culture change and regulatory reform https://apo.org.au/node/312526

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