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Thumbs-Up for Council Finances in Annual Audit

Published Tuesday, 06 December 2016

Auditors have given Ribble Valley Borough Council the thumbs-up in their annual appraisal of the authority’s financial affairs.

Karen Murray, director at auditor Grant Thornton, said in her report: “The council made its accounts available within the agreed timetable and provided an excellent set of working papers to support them. It also responded promptly and efficiently to our queries during the course of the audit.

“We found the council has sound arrangements in place to support decision making. Council members have sufficient detail to make decisions about the budget. The well-established budget working group also reviews budget setting for the year ahead.

“We are really pleased to have worked with Ribble Valley Borough Council over the past year. We have established a positive and constructive relationship, and together have established some great outcomes.”

Grant Thornton also praised the council’s handling of last year’s December floods as an example of best practice in partnership working.

Ken Hind, chairman of the council’s accounts and audit committee, said: “A great deal of time and effort is undertaken by officers in ensuring that the council’s financial systems are maintained to a high standard, which is an outstanding achievement and a credit to the authority, particularly in the current financial climate.

“I am grateful to councillors and staff for their dedication and commitment in continuing to deliver efficient and cost-effective services, while maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction during a period of unprecedented financial constraint.

“I am particularly pleased that the council’s provision of emergency assistance to residents and businesses during the floods last December was cited by the auditors as an example of best practice in partnership working.”

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