PFI Advisers - Conflict of Interest

Megan Ingles made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Waltham Forest Borough Council

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Dear Waltham Forest Borough Council,

I am writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Please confirm who your local authority has appointed as external auditor for the financial year 2016/17.

Please provide a list of all accounting firms which have advised or continue to advise the local authority on each of its PFI contracts. I am interested in companies which have provided legal, financial, governance and audit advice at any stage of the PFI project from initiation through procurement to operation.

Please provide documents showing the local authority’s current protocols around determining and declaring conflicts of interest in relation to its external auditors.

Have there been any incidences of potential or actual conflict of interest in relation to the local authority’s external auditors? If so please disclose all relevant documentation relating to this, which may include but not be restricted to emails, memos, reports and declarations of conflict of interest.

Yours faithfully,

Megan Ingles

Information Officer, Waltham Forest Borough Council

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Re: FOI case FOIX297005

Subject:

PFI Advisers - Conflict of Interest

Description:

I am writing to request the following information under the Freedom of
Information Act.

Please confirm who your local authority has appointed as external auditor
for the financial year 2016/17.

Please provide a list of all accounting firms which have advised or
continue to advise the local authority on each of its PFI contracts. I am
interested in companies which have provided legal, financial, governance
and audit advice at any stage of the PFI project from initiation through
procurement to operation.

Please provide documents showing the local authority’s current protocols
around determining and declaring conflicts of interest in relation to its
external auditors.

Have there been any incidences of potential or actual conflict of interest
in relation to the local authority’s external auditors? If so please
disclose all relevant documentation relating to this, which may include
but not be restricted to emails, memos, reports and declarations of
conflict of interest.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your recent request for information. Your request was
received on 06 Jun 2017 and we are dealing with it under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act (2000), and in line with the Council's policy
and protocols.

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to confirm that the Council has now completed its search for
the information which you requested on 06 Jun 2017 about PFI Advisers -
Conflict of Interest.

The information supplied has been provided by the department responsible
for the service delivery.

Please confirm who your local authority has appointed as external auditor
for the financial year 2016/17.  The PSAA (Public Sector Audit
Appointments) have allocated KPMG as our external auditors.

Please provide a list of all accounting firms which have advised or
continue to advise the local authority on each of its PFI contracts. I am
interested in companies which have provided legal, financial, governance
and audit advice at any stage of the PFI project from initiation through
procurement to operation.  No accountancy firms have provided advice to
the PFI.  Any advice to the PFI has been provided internally by LBWF,
although we have run a workshop with Local Partnership, which is a
Governmant agency.

Please provide documents showing the local authority’s current protocols
around determining and declaring conflicts of interest in relation to its
external auditors.  We are not aware of any documents around conflicts of
interest in relation to our external auditors. New rules came into force
from this year, which means our auditors will not be allowed to undertake
work outside of Statement of Account works.

Have there been any incidences of potential or actual conflict of interest
in relation to the local authority’s external auditors? If so please
disclose all relevant documentation relating to this, which may include
but not be restricted to emails, memos, reports and declarations of
conflict of interest.  We are not aware of any.

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