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FINANCIAL controls at Gloucester City Council have been labelled "hopeless" after it emerged the authority is one of only a tiny minority nationwide not have its annual accounts signed off.

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 22, 2012

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FINANCIAL controls at Gloucester City Council have been labelled "hopeless" after it emerged the authority is one of only a tiny minority nationwide not have its annual accounts signed off.

The Audit Commission set councils a June 30 deadline to present their financial details for scrutiny but, almost six months later, staff at Herbert Warehouse have not handed them over.

Just two per cent of all the country's local authorities missed the deadline, including Gloucester.

Auditors should have been able to "express an opinion" on the accounts by September 30.

Reasons identified by the Audit Commission for the delay included a lack of support staff and errors found in the accounts.

The delays have led to fears that planning for next year's budget will be affected as any miscalculations should have been identified by now.

Jeremy Hilton, leader of the city's Liberal Democrats, said: "Financial control under the Tory administration is hopeless," he said.

Councillor Debbie Llewellyn (C, Quedgeley Fieldcourt), cabinet member for performance and resources, said: "There have been some difficulties with this year's audit which are being resolved. A team has been put in place and is working through the issues with the council's auditors. The audit will be completed and signed off very shortly."

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  • Lord_Gaga_  |  December 22 2012, 9:04PM

    What about this "from the web" thing, is all american rubbish

  • Ysedra  |  December 22 2012, 8:26PM

    The vids seem to be gone now, though. See, sometimes the only reason annoying things keep happening is that nobody *does* say anything about it. I'd like to think it was a trial run, though.

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  • Lecorche  |  December 22 2012, 8:02PM

    Adblock will work on Mozilla Firefox and it's cousin Pale Moon. Flashblock is worth a try too. I run both.

  • gloscityguy  |  December 22 2012, 6:45PM

    @ Ysedra Try AdBlock, I think you need Chrome to use it, then it is free off the Google Chrome App Store. and means you never see a single advert online.

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  • SELINA30  |  December 22 2012, 6:35PM

    Gloucester bucking the national trend ?

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  • FreeRadical1  |  December 22 2012, 2:50PM

    One thing that the Tories in Gloucester have been banging on about for some years is that their financial abilities are SO much better than those of the previous administration. Now we find out that even that claim isn't true.

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  • Beekeeper  |  December 22 2012, 2:37PM

    I agree, Ysedra, the football video is very annoying. Perhaps if we all complain they will stop it like they did with the tacky dating agency adverts. This is a local news site, not football.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  December 22 2012, 1:00PM

    Lecorche - nothing absolute - can sink further. Check how they let their contracts without competitive tender.

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  • TimMessanger  |  December 22 2012, 12:36PM

    As the Citizen has reported an number of staff in the finance section have been sacked following a period of suspension so they have been short staffed.

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  • Ysedra  |  December 22 2012, 10:23AM

    And how much is it costing to fix this problem? Have professionals been brought in to push things along, at greater expense? Oops, I forgot, outsourcing is always cheaper... TiG, this premier League video feed is *really* starting to do my head in. Is there any way to turn it off?

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