Statement on audit of council accounts
Published: Wednesday, 17th July 2019
Cllr Shantanu Rajawat, Cabinet Member for Finance, Hounslow Council, said:
“The council is in the first year of its contract with its new auditors, Mazars, and although we have spent time getting used to each other’s working methods, it should come as no surprise that this has inevitably brought some delays to the process.
“The council has agreed jointly with the Auditor that it would be appropriate to delay the publishing of the final audited accounts from the July to the September meeting of the Audit & Governance Committee. This will allow the auditor and in-house team to complete their work to provide assurance over the council’s accounts to both the Auditor and the council’s own Chief Financial Officer.
“Since the audit is not yet complete, both Mazars and the council agree that it is not possible to conclude that there are “material concerns” and this statement is not accurate.”