External Audit Confirms Seem Fiscal Management at South Tyneside Council

The most recent independent exterior audit report for South Tyneside Council confirms that the organisation has suitable preparations in put to secure economic system, performance, and effectiveness in its use of means.

The Council’s audit committee will be introduced with the 2020/21 external yearly audit letter at their subsequent meeting, on Monday 6 March 2023. This is the most current exterior audit report and is in accordance with the normal audit method.

The impartial external audit report did not discover any pitfalls of considerable weaknesses in the Council’s Benefit For Dollars (VFM) arrangements. It verified that the Council has approved and adopted a Structure, which is steady with the principles of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)

Cllr Joanne Bell, Lead Member for Governance, Finance and Corporate Services at South Tyneside Council said: “This is the most modern annual audit letter that has been revealed. The Council has a monitor report of accomplishing its funds and obtaining price savings and our independent external auditors have highlighted that.

“The statement accepts that historically the Council has repeatedly reached underspends many thanks to limited and prudent financial planning arrangements.”

By the Council’s Medium-Term Fiscal Program, the Council adopts a risk-based solution which looks at equally interior and exterior factors that could effects on service shipping. Aligning expend to strategic and statutory priorities, these risks are managed on a constant rolling foundation.

The auditors noted the tough monetary pressures for Area Governing administration and that all those are not likely to ease in the several years in advance. There is a have to have for the Council to have appropriate arrangements in position to handle its assets and produce solutions. The truth that the Council are proactively monitoring and amending the spending budget where by deemed important demonstrates that their preparations are sufficient enough to tackle the money pressures knowledgeable.

When environment the economic system, the Council identifies possible pressures and usually takes a prudent and forward-seeking stance from which it can then make conclusions to reach sustainable funds supportive of the provision of service. The Council also understands the relevance of performing in partnership to achieve its objectives

Even though central authorities furnished the Council with considerable degrees of funding during 2020/21 to aid the additional expenditures associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Federal government also set an expectation that councils ought to raise council tax and the adult social treatment precept by the highest volume offered to cover the financial gap.