Positive reports received by county and district authorities for 'good housekeeping' (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Positive reports received by county and district authorities for 'good housekeeping'
11:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
CUMBRIA County Council, which faces making £80m in cuts over the next four years, has been commended for the way it manages its money.
An annual audit of the authority’s financial accounts by Grant Thornton has confirmed that the council has been ‘working well’ and is ‘accurate and effective’ in its financial reporting.
Last week, it was revealed that Cumbria County Council could be forced to shed up to 700 jobs, including management posts, to balance the books by 2017.
The audit report for 2012-13 says: “The council has made significant improvements in its financial reporting, which is a reflection of the additional financial expertise, capacity and quality control and learning from previous audits.”
Coun Hilary Carrick, vice-chairman of the council’s audit and assurance committee, said: “This is important confirmation that the council’s financial management is both robust and improving. In the current climate it is essential that the council has a really tight hold on where every penny is spent.”
Meanwhile, South Lakeland District Council also says it received a ‘very positive report’ from Grant Thornton, which describes the authority's financial position as 'healthy'.
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