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Council delighted after accounts given clean bill of health

FOR the first time since 2007-08 Thurrock Council’s finances have received an unqualified rating from auditors meaning local people can be confident it is providing value for money.

The 2011-12 “books” were signed off this week, ahead of the traditional end of September deadline and a month ahead of this year’s end of October date.

Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr John Kent, said: “Unfortunately the council’s accounts have been qualified since 2007-08 – as long as the external auditor has been required to provide an opinion on value for money.

“This is actually the first time we’ve got a clean bill of health from the auditors.

“This leaves no doubt that the council is improving and is being recognised as improving. It means we can now say with confidence that as from last year Thurrock’s council tax payers are receiving value for money from their local authority.”

He added: “I would like to thank our finance team and members of the audit committee – especially its chair Cllr Tunde Ojetola who signed the accounts on Thursday – for all their hard work.”

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