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.

4 Responses to Objections Double Cost Of Council Audit

  1. Todd Stevens October 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Yet another demonstration of how easy public money can be easily wasted. Hygate. Hygate Hygate-it al seems to be about Hygate.

  2. lynn October 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Thats politics for you. Hence you can fool all of the people all of the time and keep on fooling them, as in Scilly

  3. Stavropol October 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Moral of the story councillors. Never approve officer pay rises again. It costs the tax payer another annual wage in proving your stupidity at letting brighter and greedy officers buck every national trend and get you to increase their wages.

  4. Nobby Nobbs October 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    £49,000 to work out that the council tax payer did not want to fund a 22% payrise for senior council officers, but there was nothing 3/4 of council could do about it because of the way 1/4 of the council had voted it through ……Truly amazing!

    And the council struggles to understand why people hold it in such low regard?