AUDIT watchdogs believe Cheshire West and Chester Council’s finances are sound and it has a firm grip on providing value for money.
Further savings of £44m by 2015, on top of £82m found in the first three years, should be achievable with continued good planning and financial management but ‘big challenges’ remain, including providing good services with significantly reduced Government funding in the future.
The findings on the books for 2011/12 are due to be reported to the council’s executive at a meeting today.
Auditor Judith Tench, in her annual letter, discloses that no significant adjustments were made to the council’s accounts as a result of her audit.
The council’s £21m kitty at the end of March should be sufficient to enable it manage unforeseen financial pressures in the short to medium term.
The authority’s overall performance saw reduced spending in 2011/12.
The council was also said to be receptive to moves designed to improve value for money, including the Altogether Better initiative, enabling it to ‘fundamentally transform’ how services are provided in partnership with other bodies in West Cheshire.