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To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting held on 29th July, 2019 (copy attached).
The minutes of the meeting held on 29th July 2019 were approved and signed by the Chairman.
To consider the Executive Head of Finance Report No. FIN1927 (copy attached), which provides an update on audit progress for the Council’s Statement of Accounts 2018/19 since the previous meeting held on 29th July, 2019.
The Committee received the Executive Head of Finance’s Report No. FIN1927 which advised Members of audit progress for the Council’s Statement of Accounts for 2018/19 since the meeting on 29th July 2019. The Report also set out the draft timetable for the completion of the audit and provision by the external auditors of the audit opinion.
The Committee noted that Ernst & Young had been due to attend the meeting. However, a representative had not arrived.
At the meeting on 29th July 2019, it had been reported to the Committee that the Council’s auditor opinion would not be received until after the statutory deadline of 31st July 2019. The delay in the opinion being issued had been largely due to material changes in the valuation of the Depot in Lysons Avenue in Ash Vale and the impact of the McCloud judgement on the Council’s pension fund liability.
The Committee was advised that, following discussions within the finance team and with the external auditor, a second independent valuation of the Depot had been commissioned to provide additional assurance on the valuation of the asset. The valuation had been formally received by the Council on 4th September 2019. It was noted that, whilst the second valuation from Carter Jonas had shown an increase over the original valuation, it was not considered to be materially different. Therefore, the second valuation had confirmed the decrease of £6 million in the net book value of property, plant and equipment which had been reported in paragraph 3.3 of the report to the Committee on 29th July 2019. The Council had therefore prepared a revised set of accounts on this basis.
The Report advised that Ernst & Young had provided the Council with a timetable, which outlined the expected date for the completion of the audit and audit opinion, as follows:
· 23rd September – end of week commencing 7th October – Ernst & Young on site at the Council offices to conclude outstanding audit work
· 10th/11th October 2019 (to be confirmed) – Ernst & Young and the Council to discuss the Audit Results Report
· 16th October 2019 (proposed date) – Licensing, Audit and General Purposes Committee to receive the Audit Results Report from Ernst & Young and the final Statement of Accounts for approval and to be signed off by the Chairman.
It was therefore proposed that an additional meeting of the Committee should be arranged for Wednesday, 16th October 2019 at 7 pm to receive the external audit opinion and to approve the Statement of Accounts.
During discussion, it was noted that 43% of all public bodies had not been able to submit an audited and approved Statement of Accounts by the deadline of 31st July 2019. Members raised questions regarding the reasons for the delay in providing an audit opinion; whether there would be a penalty for the Council for not submitting audited accounts by the deadline; the PSAA process; and, the valuation of the Depot.
(i) the Executive Head of Finance’s Report No. FIN1927 be noted; ... view the full minutes text for item 14.