Decision details

External Audit Progress Report and Sector Update

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Committee considered a report by Grant Thornton regarding the External Audit Progress report and Sector Update (circulated previously).


The External Auditor (AD) confirmed:


·       This was the final report for the 2021 audit.

·       The Audit Certificate could not be issued until the guidance in relation to the WGA (Whole of Government Accounts) had been received.

·       The Value for Money works had been completed in December 2021.

·       The result of testing on the Housing Benefit subsidy had found one error (in the Authority’s favour) resulting in a £1,020 reduction in the amount the Authority would have to repay back to Government.

·       The 2021/22 Audit was programmed to start in early July 2022 and was expected to be completed by September 2022.


The External Auditor (PB) confirmed:


·       CIPFA was currently undertaking a consultation regarding the treatment of Property, Plant and Equipment valuations in the accounts. It was not yet known how, or if, this would affect account preparation.

·       There was currently a lack of Auditors, or prospective candidates with the right skill-set, in the industry.  The sector was facing delays in completing audits within the time limits.


RESOLVED that the External Audit Progress Report and Sector Update be noted.


Publication date: 03/05/2022

Date of decision: 08/03/2022

Decided at meeting: 08/03/2022 - Governance Committee

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