The Audit and Standards Committee, Chaired by Cllr Joe Miller, met in City Chambers on Tuesday 24th July. One of the key responsibilities of our audit committee is to monitor the performance of Brighton and Hove City Council’s internal audit service and satisfy itself as to the quality of audit services it receives. This assurance is obtained via a number of means, including regular update reports on internal audit activity, use of key performance indicators and regular assessments against relevant professional standards.
£426,502,000 Government Funding
Cllr Denise Cobb, in the first of her robust questions, highlighted that Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) receives £426,502,000 from Government grants and contributions – and questioned wether this chaotic Labour Administration are shouting “Blame the Government!” at every opportunity to shift focus from their poor leadership and inability to manage this city responsibly.
£2,003,000 Schools LMS Reserves
Continuing with her detailed scrutiny, Cllr Cobb drew the Committee’s attention to £2,003,000 that BHCC holds in schools LMS reserves. When schools in our city are asking for money, and the Labour Administration claims the Government are to blame for a lack of funding, why do Labour Councillors sit on such vast reserves?
Fat-Cat Exit Packages
The statement of accounts details £1,606,000 of ‘exit packages’ – these are payments made to BHCC employees on leaving the organisation (for a variety of reasons) and Cllr Cobb has asked for better justification, and more stringent negotiating, when it comes to spending Council Tax payers’ money on the payouts.