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External Auditor's Issues Arising Report for the Year Ended 31/03/15

Joint Report of the Treasurer to the Joint Committee / Corporate Director: Resources and the Corporate Director of Neighbourhood Services.


The Joint Committee considered a Joint Report of the Corporate Director Neighbourhood Services and Corporate Director Resources and Treasurer to the Joint Committee relating to the External Auditors (BDO LLP) issues Arising Report for the year ended 31 March 2015 (for copy see file of minutes).


The Head of Finance – Financial Services, Paul Darby advised that the audit had now been concluded, adding the External Auditors had indicated via e-mail that there had been no material weaknesses highlighted around the Joint Committee’s system of internal control, however, the official notification was still with the Directors of BDO, awaiting signature. 


Members noted that BDO had previously been informed that their report would be presented to Members at the September meeting of the Joint Committee and therefore Officers had expressed their disappointment to the External Auditors that the finalised report had not been received in time for the meeting.  


Accordingly, the Head of Finance – Financial Services asked whether the Joint Committee would agree for the Chairman to agree the report once received from the External Auditors, and then for the matter to be reported back to the Joint Committee for information at its meeting to be held 27 January 2016. 




(i)              That the Chairman note and approve the finalised External Auditors’ Issues Arising Report once received.

(ii)             That the matter be reported to the Joint Committee for information at its meeting to be held 27 January 2016. 


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Durham County Council
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