Council Chairman Unhappy Over Cornwall Auditor Contract

town hall 4The Chairman of Scilly’s Council has said she doesn’t want to use Cornwall Council auditors for financial services in the future.

Cllr Amanda Martin told members of last week’s Policy and Resources Committee that there’s been dissatisfaction with Cornwall’s work over recent years, although she didn’t elaborate on what those issues were.

Amanda’s comments followed a proposal by the former Head of Finance Iain McCulloch to retain their services as Internal Auditors for a further 12 months.

Iain said he hadn’t had time to go to the open market to find an alternative. The Council’s finance team has been running below capacity following the departure of former Director of Finance and Resources, Peter Lawrence last year.

Iain added that the Council currently takes a number of services from the neighbouring authority and would be looking to tie them up into a single contract.

Amanda said she wouldn’t sanction that and wanted to look for possible alternatives.

But Cllr David Pearson said it would be better for councillors to “worry about the things that we definitely have to change for the future.”

He recommended keeping the status quo for a further 12 months and they eventually agreed to that.

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