Auditors state Wirral Council doesn’t provide value for money for 3rd year in a row!
Wirral Council’s auditors Grant Thornton will be telling councilors on Wirral Council’s Audit and Risk Management Committee at a public meeting on Monday 23rd July that Wirral Council doesn’t provide value for money. Their concerns about Children’s Services are outlined in a report by Grant Thornton to be discussed by councillors.
The auditors also mention in their report the late publication of the draft Annual Governance Statement (as previously reported on this blog).
Grant Thornton also have concerns about the use of reserves and other one-off funding (such as selling land and buildings) to sort out shortfalls in the budget. In their report they state, “Whilst progress has been made in establishing a new Growth Company a significant proportion of the £61m budget gap in 2018/19 is being met through one-off use of reserves and expected asset sales. This approach cannot continue and more needs to be done to put the Council on a firm financial footing going forward. It is now critical that action is taken to deliver a sustainable and robust financial plan on which the Council can operate over the longer term. It is important that officers and members work together effectively to make this happen.”
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