Audit Scotland have concluded their planned work for 2017/18 and their Annual Report, considered by Council last night (Thursday 15 November), includes their assessment that the Council has demonstrated a positive response to the key findings of the 2017 Best Value Audit report.
Following the meeting, Joint Council Leader Vaughan Moody said “Our 2017/18 financial statements received an unqualified auditors report, reflecting our effective financial management. I am also delighted that Audit Scotland has recognised our improvement actions since the publication of our Best Value follow up report, including improvements in the delivery of our transformation programme and our effective budget setting process, clearly focused on our defined priorities.”
In addition to considering the Best Value progress, the Audit Scotland Report includes the finalisation of the audit of the Council’s 2017/18 Annual Accounts and the work set out in the in the Annual Audit Plan for 2017/18.
Joint Council Leader Andrew Polson added, “Audit Scotland have confirmed that our financial position is sustainable for the foreseeable future – though we are in no doubt about the continuing financial challenge we face. It was also pleasing to see recognition of our governance and scrutiny arrangements and acknowledgement of the open and transparent way we do business.”
The Audit Scotland Annual Report also confirmed that he Council’s detailed service workforce plans were a positive development within the wider Workforce Strategy.