Copeland Council's Accounts
According to the Labour executive's report to tomorrow's meeting of Copeland council, which was written a few days ago,
"The audit of the 2007/08 accounts and the post-audit amendments in relation to the 2006/7 accounts are progressing. The Head of Finance and MIS and the Audit Commission manager have met regularly to discuss progress and actions arising. The Audit Commission will provide feedback on the progress of the audit to the Audit Committee at its' meeting of 7th January (the meeting of 17th December was re-arranged.)"
Unfortunately the report containing that feedback is a "Part II" report, e.g. one which is confidential, and I would therefore be breaking the rules if I said what was in the report.
I can and will say, however, that
* I am very concerned indeed by the issues raised in the Audit report
* The accounting problems about which Copeland councillors have had previous debates at full council and audit reports have, to put it very mildly, not been fully resolved
* I think the Audit Commission report should be circulated to all councillors, and
* An up-to-date report on what has been going wrong with the council's accounts needs to be debated in a public forum so that Copeland's taxpayers and voters can have an opportunity to know how their money has been managed.