Audit / AQI 2020: KPMG needs faster progress on audit inconsistency

The Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC’s) annual review has criticised KPMG for failing to achieve high audit quality consistently, and called for the firm to make improvements more quickly, including strengthening its culture of challenge

Audit / AQI 2020: EY ‘disappointed’ as results reveal lack of challenge

With a third of its audits failing to hit the top grade, EY has been pulled up by the accountancy watchdog for shortcomings over challenging management assessments of impairments and inadequate oversight of component audit teams

Audit / MPs accuse government of delaying audit reforms

MPs have hit out at the slow progress of audit reforms, including establishing the successor body to the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), accusing the government of dragging its feet on the changes promised in the wake of a series of high profile corporate failures and industry reviews

Audit / AQI 2020: FRC finds a third of audits need improvement

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has branded the level of audit quality in the UK’s top seven firms as ‘unacceptable’, after its annual inspection cycle found a third of the audits reviewed needed improvements.

Audit / Woolf: same fraud, bigger cakes

From crumbs to corporate collapse, the way fraudsters cook the books has changed little, although the ingredients have become far from immaterial, warns Emile Woolf

Audit / FRC strengthens auditing standard ISA 315

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has revised its standard for the identification and assessment of risks of material misstatement in an audit of financial statements, with the aim of introducing a more robust and consistent approach

Audit / GT fined £3m over audit ethics failures

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has hit Grant Thornton UK with a £3m fine, discounted to £1.95m, over a series of ethical and independence failures in its auditing of Conviviality Retail, part of the collapsed alcohol wholesaler and retailer group

Audit / FRC gives four-year deadline for Big Four audit separation

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has given PwC, EY, KPMG and Deloitte four years in which to agree to operational separation of their audit practices, in a bid to drive up audit quality and end what the regulator dubbed ‘persistent cross subsidy’ from the rest of the firm

Audit / Audit firms ‘respond appropriately’ to Covid-19 going concerns

Audit firms have responded appropriately to the need to enhance their evaluation of companies’ going concern assessments during the Covid-19 emergency, and the additional measures are being applied consistently, according to the Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

Audit / NAO warning to MoD over aircraft carrier costs

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published the latest in a series of challenging reports on defence procurement, highlighting how significant uncertainties over the future costs of plans to bring new aircraft carriers into service may limit their effectiveness

Audit / GT probe finds £19m hole in Lookers’ accounts

Grant Thornton has identified a £19m hole in the accounts at national car dealership Lookers, stemming from fraudulent expenses claims and incorrect or inconsistent application of policies, processes and accounting standards

Audit / FCA censures Redcentric over misleading financial information

IT services provider Redcentric has been given a public censure by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for committing market abuse and ordered to pay £11.4m compensation to investors, while three former executives face legal proceedings

Audit / NAO offers guide on good practice in Covid-19 financial reporting

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a guide to help audit and risk committees of government departments and arms-length bodies advise their organisations on financial management and reporting during, and in the period immediately after, the Covid-19 outbreak

Audit / FRC probes three firms over London Capital & Finance audits

Three audit firms – PwC, EY and Oliver Clive & Co – are facing a Financial Reporting Council (FRC) investigation into their auditing of London Capital & Finance (LC&F), a mini-bond investment specialist which collapsed last year amid controversy over the regulation of its high-risk products

Audit / NAO deepens analysis of £1.7 trillion government spending

The National Audit Office (NAO) reviewed £1.7 trillion of government expenditure over the past year, and reports its work led to positive financial impacts of £1.1bn