Thurrock Council finances given clean bill of health

FOR the sixth year running Thurrock Council’s financial accounts have been given a clean bill of health by outside independent experts.The council’s Standards and Audits Committee meeting last Thursday (29 September) saw members and external auditors, Ernst & Young, sign off the annual accounts.Both the statement of accounts for the 2015-16 financial year, as well as the value for money assessment of the council’s plans to deliver a balance budget in the future, received unqualified opinions from the external auditor.Speaking after the meeting, Committee Chair, Cllr John Kent, said: “I am very pleased, though not surprised the council’s finances have once again been agreed with unqualified opinions given to both the audit and the value for money assessment.”In challenging times for local councils and all public bodies, it is important we work hard to make sure the council operates within its means.”It also means the council as a whole has to examine carefully possible new and exciting ways of transforming the way it works. We 49 councillors are responsible for an organisation spending £100 million-plus annually of the public’s money.”I want to thank the auditors for their rigorous testing of last year’s financial control and making sure we aren’t just marking our own homework.

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