To receive a verbal update report on both the 2020/21 and 2021/22 Audits by Mazars, the Council’s external auditors, and the outcome of the Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA) exercise for the appointment of the Council’s auditors from 2023/24 to 2027/28.
Consideration was given to the External Audit Progress Report.
Mark Dalton from Mazars reported on the progress to date with the audit of the 2020/21 statement of accounts. With regards to the ongoing accounting issues of infrastructure assets, the Government had consulted on an optional temporary Statutory Override to allow councils to prepare accounts that were materially correct. The temporary Statutory Override was in place Mazars would undertake work to understand the impact on the Council’s accounts and undertake the required audit work. In additional to this work, there were a few areas were audit work remained outstanding and these were listed in the report.
The Director of Finance and Customer Services and S151 Officer reported that he had received an email from PSAA that stated it was proposed that Mazars would be appointed as the external auditor for Cheshire East Council for five years from 2023/24 to 2027/28.
RESOLVED: That the Committee
1 note the Audit Progress Report of Mazars relating to the accounts for the year ending 31 March 2021 and 31 March 2022.
2 note that Mazars have been appointed as the Council’s auditors for the next five years from 2023/24 to 2027/28.