It’s now emerged that the Wales Audit Office told the Vale of Glamrogan Council in November last year that it hadn’t yet completed the audit of the council’s 2014/15 accounts “because of a number of issues that have been brought to our attention by electors” .
The letter from the Wales Audit Office came from Mr John Golding of accountants Grant Thornton but was written “for and on behalf off the Auditor General for Wales” .
On November 30th 2015 Mr Golding had written to the Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry) :-
Mr Golding said “I have not yet issued a certificate confirming that the audit of the accounts has been completed. This is due to a number of issues that have been bought to our attention by electors, none of which prevented us from issuing our opinion on the financial statements”.
Part of Mr Golding’s letter was read out at last week’s meeting of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ by Cllr Moore who went on to say that the “issues” referred to by the auditor in his letter were “minor” and related to:-
- Ysgol Y Deri [the special school on the campus of the Penarth Learning Community]
- What are described as “Environmental issues in Penarth” – (the report gives no more detail)
- Waste Recycling .
Cllr Moore told ‘cabinet’ members that “the department was working on the issues raised” .
The letter from Mr Golding – written on behalf of the Wales Auditor General – also notes that there are “four misstatements” in the Vale Council’s accounts:-
Cllr Moore told the Vale ‘cabinet’ he was “pleased that overall, the unqualified audit opinion was that the council had appropriate arrangements in place to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources”.
The full text of the letter from the Wales Audit Office is on http://tinyurl.com/j6mn4r8