You can scrutinise EDDC’s accounts – but only for the next few days and news on EDDC’s actions re ex-Councillor Brown

16 Jul

East Devon District Council’s finances are now available to electors to go over with a fine tooth comb.  All councils have to make their financial papers available to electors for a period of 20 working days after the end of each financial year.  East Devon District Council is now within that period and electors have until mid-July to pore over the figures.

For an initial overview, see the East Devon District Council page HERE.  But you are allowed to ask to see individual invoices, etc. during this time.

Interestingly, in one of the documents online there are the following paragraphs:

The Audit & Governance Committee were concerned relating to the perceived or actual conflict of roles of Ex-Councillor G Brown and accordingly amended the 2013/14 Audit Plan to include an audit by SWAP to consider the Governance arrangement implications and to suggest any necessary improvements.

A similar point was raised within the Assurance Statements and a perceived/actual conflict between Planning and Economic Development Roles.

This Audit is to take place in the first half of 2013/14 with findingsbto be presented back to the Audit & Governance Committee

The Supervising Officer will be the Monitoring Officer, Ms D Lyon

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One Response to “You can scrutinise EDDC’s accounts – but only for the next few days and news on EDDC’s actions re ex-Councillor Brown”

  1. Tim July 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Your rights as an elector may be seen at http://archive.audit-commission.gov.uk/auditcommission/sitecollectiondocuments/Downloads/councilaccounts.pdf.
    According to Heather Brooke, author of Your Right to Know (who was responsible for disclosing MP expenses scandal) The Audit Commission Act allows for no exemptions for commercial confidentiality-so now is the time to examine what you may have been refused on that basis before!.
    You are allowed, during the period, to inspect all the books, deeds, contracts, bills. vouchers and receipts relating to the audit. You are also allowed to copy documents. The council can charge for copies it makes for you but I suggest that you can make your own copies, you can do so by photograph, for free.
    I asked to see the accounts to day and was left a document which appears to be a straight copy of the online papers at http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/statement_of_accounts_2012-13.pdf .
    I think in practice you need to have an idea what you want to see and request it be made available. There is some doubt over the access period as the second para of the report says…”……The Statement of Accounts for 2-012/2013 was available for inspection from 5th July to 1st August 2013.
    From my brief email exchange with EDDC on this so far, I think it probably helpful to contact them with details of what you may wish to examine and ask that all the material be made available at a mutually convenient time. Because this may have staff time implications, I intend to check whether requests made in the appropriate period will be honoured if the mutually agreed time goes beyond the 20 days. (Otherwise EDDC will just create a rod for their own back.)

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