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Pat on the Back for Council Finances in Annual Audit

Published Friday, 11 August 2017

Auditors have given Ribble Valley Borough Council a pat on the back in their annual appraisal of the authority’s financial affairs.

The council was praised for providing high-quality accounts and value-for- money services.

Karen Murray, director at auditor Grant Thornton, said in her report: “We received draft financial statements and accompanying working papers at the commencement of our work in accordance with the agreed timetable.

“The key messages arising from our audit of the council’s financial statements are the accounts and supporting working papers were of a high quality and no amendments were required to the accounts as a result of the audit.”

Grant Thornton also praised Ribble Valley Borough Council for providing value-for-money services.

Karen Murray added: “Based on our review, we are satisfied in all significant respects that the council has proper arrangements in place to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources.

“We would like to take this opportunity to record our appreciation for the assistance provided by the council’s finance team and other staff during our audit.”

Stuart Hirst, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough 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.”

The audit report is available to download at The Audit Findings for Ribble Valley Borough Council.


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