Decision Maker: Council
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Councillor Stephen Coleman, Chairman of the Audit Committee, introduced the report which had been considered by the Audit Committee on 8 December 2021. The report regarded an invitation from Public Sector Audit Appointments to opt into the sector-led option for the appointment of external auditors to principal local government and police bodies for five financial years from 1 April 2022.
Attention was drawn to the fact that it was expected that, as a result of Local Government Reorganisation, this Council would cease to exist from 31 March 2023 and therefore would not need to appoint an external auditor for 2022/23 onwards. The decision for external audit for the proposed Westmorland and Furness Council would need to be appointed by the new Council, once created. However, Public Sector Audit Appointments had advised that all councils undergoing reorganisation opt-in under this invitation to ensure continuity of external audit cover if, for some reason, the implementation of the new unitary authorities was delayed.
The Audit Committee had resolved to recommend that Council accept the invitation.
Councillor Coleman having moved the recommendation contained within the report was seconded by Councillor Andrew Jarvis, Finance and Assets Portfolio Holder.
It was unanimously
RESOLVED – That Public Sector Audit Appointments’ invitation to opt into the sector-led option for the appointment of external auditors to principal local government and police bodies for five financial years from 1 April 2023 be accepted.
Report author: Helen Smith
Publication date: 11/02/2022
Date of decision: 14/12/2021
Decided at meeting: 14/12/2021 - Council