South East Cambridgeshire Labour Party asks why are there no published accounts for South Cambridgeshire District Council since the Liberal Democrats took control
At the recent County Council elections, voters backed the promise of greater transparency in local Government made by both Labour and Liberal Democrats. Both parties made openness in how Councils spend money one of their campaign themes. And each won more seats as a result.
Elizabeth McWilliams, Local Government spokesperson for SE Cambs Labour says
“We are committed to openness in local Government. We said throughout the election that after serious failures of transparency under the Conservatives both on Cambridgeshire County Council (for example the notorious Farmgate scandal) and under former mayor Palmer, that we would have nothing to hide if elected to office.
“We have to ask what is going on at Liberal Democrat run South Cambridge District Council that no accounts have been published since the Lib Dems took control.
“All the other local authorities in Cambridgeshire have published accounts and made them available on their web sites. South Cambs District Council stands alone in that there is no information as to how they are spending taxpayers’ money.
“Under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, councils are required to publish a statement of audited accounts no later than four months after the end of the financial year to which the statement relates. The Council therefore appears to be in breach of its statutory requirements in failing to publish audited accounts for two consecutive years.
“It’s very concerning that local residents have no way of knowing how Council Tax is being spent dating back over two complete financial years.
“I have, today, written to the Council on behalf of SE Cambs Labour to ask what the delay is and when this essential information will be available. We simply cannot understand how South Cambs has failed to do what all their neighbour councils have achieved.”