Agenda item

External Audit Progress Report


Mr Gareth Mills representing the External Auditor (Grant Thornton) attended the meeting virtually and gave an update of the work currently being undertaken.


He reported that most aspects of the 2021 audit were mow complete with the exception of the Whole of Government Accounts the guidance for which was still awaited.  It was noted, therefore, that Barnsley in the same position as every other Local Authority.  Once these issues were finalised, the audit for 2021 would be complete.


Planning work for the 2022 audit was progressing well and there had been good engagement with the Finance Team.  It was anticipated that the bulk of the audit work would be completed by the end of September in order to meet the statutory deadline for sign off by the end of November.


RESOLVED that the progress report be received.