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Agenda Item No. 4

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Audit Committee: 22nd February 2016

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

Annual Audit Letter 2014/15

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To present to Members the Annual Audit Letter for the 2014/15 Financial Year.

Recommendation

That Audit Committee: 

  1. Formally consider and endorse the External Annual Audit Letter and refer to Cabinet for approval.

Reason for the Recommendation

To facilitate monitoring of the Audit Function.

Background

  1. The review of the Annual Audit Letter is included within the remit of the Audit Committee under its terms of reference as follows:

"To consider the external auditor's annual report and other relevant reports and to make recommendations on their implementation to Cabinet and / or Council as appropriate".

  1. The Appointed Auditor is required under the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004 to:
  • Provide an audit opinion on the accounting statements;
  • Review the Council's arrangements to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources and;
  • Issue a certificate confirming that the Appointed Auditor has completed the audit of the accounts.
  1. The letter is designed to communicate their key messages and conclusions to the Council and external stakeholders, including members of the public.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. The Annual Audit Letter 2014/15 is attached at Appendix A and summarises the key issues arising from the work the external auditors have carried out during 2014/15.
  2. In relation to the Statement of Accounts, the Appointed Auditor issued an unqualified audit opinion on the accounting statements confirming that they present a true and fair view of the Council's financial position and transactions.
  3. Overall the Appointed Auditor was satisfied that the Council has appropriate arrangements in place to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the use of its resources.
  4. The work undertaken on grant claims has not identified any significant issues that would impact on the key financial systems.
  5. The Appointed Auditor issued a certificate confirming that the audit of the accounts had been completed on 30th September 2015.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. The financial audit fee for 2014/15 was expected to be in line with the agreed fee set out in the Annual Audit Outline. However as a result of additional work undertaken on the Housing Benefit Subsidy Claim, the overall fee is likely to be slightly increased but is within the existing budget provision.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. None directly from this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. Local authorities in Wales prepare their accounting statements in accordance with the requirements of the CIPFA/LASAAC Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. None directly from this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. None directly from this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. This report is consistent with the Council's corporate objectives to ensure effective management of resources.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. The proposals in this report do not contravene the policy framework and budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. No further consultation is proposed.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Corporate Resources

Background Papers

None.

Contact Officer

Carys Lord Head of Finance and Section 151 Officer

Officers Consulted

Corporate Management Team

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Managing Director