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Abdool Kara

Abdool Kara

Executive Leader,
National Audit Office (NAO)

Abdool Kara joined the NAO in February 2017 as Executive Leader, Local Services.  He is responsible for the NAO’s value for money portfolio shadowing the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Department of Health and Social Care, the Department for Education, and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Prior to joining the NAO Abdool had 25 years’ experience in the local government sector, including working for four different councils up to and including chief executive level, and seven years at the Audit Commission on both value for money and inspection.  He also had a stint at the Cabinet Office working on public service improvement.

  • Exploring the evolving funding arrangements for local government since 2010 and the key financial pressure points now facing the sector
  • Analysing how effectively local authorities can deliver existing statutory services and understanding where there are challenges to the sustainability of service provision
  • Evaluating the scale of growing service demands on local authorities and the steps being taken to support services within the context of reduced funding
  • Examining the risks of overspends and dwindling reserves in threatening long-term sustainability of statutory services and local government budgets