Decision details

External Audit Housing Benefit Certification Year Ended 31 March 2019 Letter

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The External Audit Manager presented a letter from Grant Thornton, advising that, for the form MPD720A dated 4 November 2019 for the year ended 31 March 2019, External Audit had completed the specific test requirements detailed in the DWP reporting framework HBAP and had identified the results set out in Appendices A, B and C to the report, which provided a report on housing benefit certification work carried out for South Lakeland District Council for year ended 31 March 2019.


The External Audit Manager explained that this was a complex system and that it was not unusual to have qualifications of this nature.  The letter identified some of the errors identified through the initial testing and those areas where External Audit had had to carry out additional testing and the issues had been reported through to the DWP.


The Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) informed Members that the contents of the report had been accepted and that she expected shortly to settle the outstanding amounts.


No Member having raised concern when asked by the Chairman, it was


RESOLVED – That the letter from External Audit on Housing Benefit Certification Year Ended 31 March 2019 be received.

Publication date: 15/10/2020

Date of decision: 17/09/2020

Decided at meeting: 17/09/2020 - Audit Committee

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