Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles: 'The corporate centre of the Audit Commission has lost its way. Rather than being a watchdog that champions taxpayers' interests, it has become the creature of the Whitehall state.'
Whilst, for the present, appearing to ignore the fact that the Commission for Local Administration in England (The Local Government Ombudsmen) is in exactly the same position regarding local taxpayer's interests.
They lost their way in 1995 when they started to recruit Ombudsmen and staff from Local Government. So much so that they have become a creature of Local Government and no longer act as an effective watchdog that champions local taxpayer's interests.