Grant Thornton UK LLP, the largest provider of audit and related services to the UK's public sector, has announced the launch of a dedicated Local Government Advisory practice. As part of the firm's wider public sector team, the practice will focus on providing consultative services to local authorities, police bodies and fire and rescue authorities.
Complementing Grant Thornton's broader public sector advisory services, the dedicated team builds on the firm's expertise in infrastructure and transport, regeneration and housing, forensic investigation, business risk services, and Place Analytics, to offer a bespoke, solutions-driven approach to clients.
The Local Government Advisory team – which is drawn from existing Grant Thornton public sector specialists as well as a number of key external appointments – assists clients in the provision of financial management and accounting advice, supporting the review and development of medium-term financial plans and strategies, financial resilience health checks, finance department "fit for purpose reviews", governance reviews, and supporting elected Members in their scrutiny roles.
The team is also focused on helping clients in relation to their collaboration activity, including options appraisal, business case development and review, due diligence, business planning advice and collaboration health checks for various Alternative Service Delivery Models such as shared services, establishment of local authority trusts, companies and mutual spin offs.
Guy Clifton, Head of Local Government Advisory at Grant Thornton UK LLP, commented: "I am excited by this opportunity, and confident that the team will be able to provide distinct added value to our clients, and support them in the significant challenges they face over the short to medium term."
Paul Dossett, partner and Head of Local Government at Grant Thornton UK LLP added: "Our investment in this team confirms the priority and importance that Grant Thornton places on the public sector, and is in response to our clients request for additional support in navigating the financial challenges faced by the sector."