Gainsborough: Audit report says West Lindsey District Council offers good value for money

West Lindsey District Council
West Lindsey District Council

West Lindsey District Council represents good value for money, according to an annual audit into its financial accounts.

The 2014/2015 audit was undertaken by independent auditors KPMG, to assess the authority on its financial statements.

Councillor Giles McNeill, chairman of the governance and audit committee at the council, praised staff for the success of the agile working project which enabled the council to rent out surplus office space.

“In partnership with other public and third sector organisations we have created a customer service hub within the Guildhall,” he said.

“This has resulted in cost saving for all partners and has provided a one stop shop for customers.

“In a period of austerity, the council’s finances are sound and sustainable.

“This position should support the council in delivering the aims of its corporate plan and responding to the on-going public sector reforms and reductions in central government funding and other income streams,” he added.

The auditors’ new report says the council represents value for money, which means they are satisfied that the authority has proper arrangements for securing financial resilience and challenging how it secures economy, efficiency and effectiveness.

In addition an unqualified audit opinion says the council has complied with proper accounting practices and their statement represents a ‘true and fair view of their financial standing’ at this time.

The council says it has already delivered £0.787m of savings in 2014/15 with a further £1.547 million planned for 2015/16.

A full copy of the statement of accounts and annual governance statement will be available to view on the council’s website at the end of the month.