Objections Double Cost Of Council Audit

The Town Hall

Locals’ objections to the Council’s 2011/12 accounts, and the issue of the chief officers’ pay rises, cost £49,000 in extra charges by the Audit Commission.

The actual audit before the complaints cost £56,550 with a further £10,469 going on Claims and Returns, but the fees for investigating the objections has brought the total to just over £116,000.

Cllr Richard McCarthy asked why the cost of investigating the objections was “so extraordinarily high.”

District Auditor, Simon Garlick explained this was due to the rates charged and the nature of the objection being investigated. However, he failed to break down the costs further.

In his report, which went before Full Council last Thursday, Mr Garlick said that the financial statements were produced to a high standard and there were no errors identified.

He said this was a significant improvement on previous years, where a number of amendments were made.

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