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2022/23 Auditors Annual Report for West Oxfordshire District Council, summarising the findings of VfM work

Meeting: 19/03/2024 - Audit and Governance Committee (Item 42)

42 Interim Auditor's Annual Report 2022/23 (Value for money arrangements and recommendations) pdf icon PDF 62 KB


To provide Members with the Interim Auditor’s Annual Report on Value for Money Arrangements and Recommendations 2022/23.



That the Audit and Governance Committee resolves to:

  1. Note the contents of the report and annex.



Jason Granger, Grant Thornton


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Jason Granger, Grant Thornton introduced the report that provided Members with details of the auditor’s findings with regards to the Council’s value for money arrangements for 2022/23.

The report explained that under the National Audit Office (NAO) Code of Audit Practice (“the Code”) external auditors were required to consider whether the Council had put in place proper arrangements to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources.

It was to be noted that there were no significant weaknesses in arrangements identified and the improvement recommendations had been made with management responses to each of these included in the report. The report also included a “Follow-up of previous recommendations” section (page 38 of the report). The appendix also contained the Interim Auditor’s Annual Report on West Oxfordshire District Council 2022/23 – March 2024.

Furthermore, Jason Granger confirmed that the direction of travel was positive and the recommendations within the report were only improvement recommendations. Members thanked Officers and wished to congratulate the team and auditors on their hard work. It was also explained that no change was anticipated and therefore the report could be changed in title from interim to final without coming back to the Committee. There would also be a further report brought to Executive with a briefing on savings and better use of resources.

RESOLVED that the Audit and Governance Committee AGREED to:

1. Note the contents of the report and appendix.