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2010 Local Authorities of Wales Audit Reports

Steve Hunt made this Freedom of Information request to Wales Audit Office

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Dear Wales Audit Office / Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru,

Please could you provide a simple list of any Authorities under your remit where the 2010 audit remains unclosed (I.E. the audit of the 2009-2010 financial year).

If the information is already published in easily accessible form online, then a link to the page would be sufficient for my requirements.

Regards,

Steve Hunt

Martin Peters,

Dear Mr Hunt,

Thank you for your email of 16 March 2011 in which you request, "a simple
list of any Authorities under your remit where the 2010 audit remains
unclosed (I.E. the audit of the 2009-2010 financial year)."

I am considering your request in accordance with the procedures set out on
the Wales Audit Office website at:

[1]http://www.wao.gov.uk/whoweare/freedomof...

The procedures are intended to ensure that requests are dealt with in
accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Code of Practice
set under section 45 of that Act and other relevant legislation.

I shall write to you again once I am in a position to provide a
substantive response, though I may write to you before then if I need
clarification of your request.

Please note that we have a policy of publishing in a disclosure log on the
internet information that we provide in response to requests (including
explanations of why information is not held) where we consider that this
in the public interest. We will not, however, publish personal information
if this would be unfair and so breach the first data protection principle.
In line with this, we will generally not disclose the identity or other
personal information of requesters. We will, however, disclose the
identity of requesters if this is in the public interest and doing so
would be fair, such as in the case of holders of public office. If you
have any concerns regarding inclusion of our response to you in the
disclosure log, please let me know.

Your sincerely,

Martin Peters

Rheolwr Cydymffurfiaeth a Swyddog Gwybodaeth/Compliance Manager &
Information Officer

Swydddfa Archwilio Cymru/Wales Audit Office

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Martin Peters,

Dear Mr Hunt,

Further to my email of 17 March 2011, I am writing to seek clarification
of your request of 16 March 2011, which was for, "a simple list of any
Authorities under your remit where the 2010 audit remains unclosed (I.E.
the audit of the 2009-2010 financial year)." The term "Authorities" has
various meanings, and I should be grateful if you would let me know what
types of bodies you have in mind.

Please do not hesitate to phone me if you would like to discuss this.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Peters

Rheolwr Cydymffurfiaeth a Swyddog Gwybodaeth/Compliance Manager &
Information Officer

Swydddfa Archwilio Cymru/Wales Audit Office

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Dear Martin Peters,

By "... any Authorities under your remit..." - I meant any public bodies which the Welsh Audit Office is required to audit - such as Town and County Councils.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Hunt

Martin Peters,

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Dear Mr Hunt,

Thank you for your email of 22 March 2011 clarifying that your reference
to "Authorities" in your request of 16 March 2011 for "a simple list of
any Authorities under your remit where the 2010 audit remains unclosed
(i.e. the audit of the 2009-2010 financial year)" was a reference to any
public bodies.

I attach a table, Closure of local authority audits 09-10 delivered by WAO
staff.pdf, that sets out the dates of auditors' certification of
completion of audits of authorities in accordance with Chapter 2 of the
Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004, as recorded on 16 March 2011. The absence
of a date in the "Certificate Date" column indicates that the audit
remains open, and this table therefore meets your request.

Please note that the Wales Audit Office is, itself, not required to audit
any public bodies. The term Wales Audit Office is a term to describe the
Auditor General for Wales and his staff. Audit functions in relation to
Welsh public bodies are functions of the Auditor General for Wales, and,
in the case of local authorities, the Auditor General has the function of
appointing auditors rather than undertaking the audits himself. Such
auditors may be members of the Auditor General's staff or other persons,
chiefly accountancy firms.

Please also note that the Closure of local authority audits 09-10
delivered by WAO staff.pdf table does not include closure information for
authorities where the audit is delivered by a firm rather than by staff of
the WAO (other than in the case of joint appointments). Given that where
firms are appointed auditors the legal function of delivering the audit
rests with the firm, we do not always hold such information. Since
receiving your request, however, we have gathered such information for
those county councils, county borough councils and fire authorities whose
audits are delivered by firms. This is summarised in the attached table,
Closure of audits 09-10 delivered by firms.pdf, and you may find this
information relevant.

Neither table includes audits that are not subject to the Public Audit
(Wales) Act 2004 Chapter 2 completion certification provisions, such as
the audits of the accounts of the Welsh Ministers and the Assembly
Commission, which are done under other legislation. This is because the
term "closure" is only relevant to local authorities; it is not relevant
to other audits, as there are no completion certification provisions in
the relevant legislation. Instead, such legislation requires that the
accounts are examined, certified and laid before the Assembly by a
statutory deadline.

I have not applied any exemptions, but if you wish to complain about my
handling of your request, please email me. If you have any questions,
please either email me or call me on 029 2032 0526.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Peters

Rheolwr Cydymffurfiaeth a Swyddog Gwybodaeth/Compliance Manager &
Information Officer

Swydddfa Archwilio Cymru/Wales Audit Office

029 2032 0526

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Dear Mr Peters,

I wonder if you could please provide a current updated version of the two tables you sent in March in response to this FOI request?
If in the alternate you require me to submit a fresh FOI request to obtain the up-to-date information, please advise.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Hunt

Martin Peters,

Dear Mr Hunt,

Thank you for your email. Your request for an updated version of the tables that I sent to you on 8 April 2011 constitutes a new request, but your email is sufficient, and you do not need to send anything further. I will revert to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Peters
Rheolwr Cydymffurfiaeth a Swyddog Gwybodaeth/Compliance Manager & Information Officer
Swydddfa Archwilio Cymru/Wales Audit Office
07748 181 681
029 2032 0526

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Martin Peters,

Dear Mr Hunt,

I am writing in response to your request of 26 July 2011, which was for "a
current updated version of the two tables you sent in March." I have made
enquiries and found that at the time we received your request we did not
hold updated versions of the two tables that we provided to you. (We
provided the tables on 8 April 2011 rather than in March.) However, I can
let you know that the position set out in the tables has changed only as
follows:

Glamorgan Archives Joint Committee: closed 28 July 2011;

Rogerstone & Bassaleg Joint Burial Board: closed 6 December 2010 (I regret
that this body should not have been included in the original table, as it
is delivered by a firm rather than WAO staff);

Caerphilly County Borough Council: closed.

I have not applied any exemptions, but if you wish to complain about my
handling of your request, or have any queries, please email me.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Peters

Rheolwr Cydymffurfiaeth a Swyddog Gwybodaeth/Compliance Manager &
Information Officer

Swydddfa Archwilio Cymru/Wales Audit Office

029 2032 0526

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Dear Mr Peters,

It has been over a year since my original request.

I wonder if you could please provide a current updated version of the two tables you sent in April 2011 in response to this FOI request?

If in the alternate you require me to submit a fresh FOI request to obtain the up-to-date information, please advise. However I believe it would be helpful and sensible to keep the information in this one single thread in order to assist anyone else who may search for this information in the future, as I am sure you will agree.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Hunt

Martin Peters,

I am away from my desk. If you have an urgent and important matter, you may be able to reach me on 07748 181 681.
Kind regards,

Martin

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Martin Peters,

Dear Mr Hunt,

Thank you for your email of 4 April 2012. As before, your request for an updated version of the information is in law a new request. However, I think that if I reply to your email, the response will stay in the thread you refer to.

I will revert to you with any updated information that we hold as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Peters
Rheolwr Cydymffurfiaeth/Compliance Manager
Swydddfa Archwilio Cymru/Wales Audit Office
07748 181 681
029 2032 0526

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Martin Peters,

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Dear Mr Hunt,

Further to my email of 12 April 2012, I am responding to your request for information of 4 April 2012, which was for a current updated version of the two tables I sent to you in April 2011. I am sorry that I have not been able to respond sooner.

At the time we received your request on 4 April 2012 we did not hold updated versions of the two tables. However, I have collated additional closure of audit information, and I enclose updated tables in respect of audits delivered by WAO staff and audits delivered by firms. Collation is an ongoing process and the attached tables contain the information that I have been able to gather at this point in time; the absence of a date in the “Certificate Date” column indicates that the audit remains open according to the information I have. Please note that the tables include the updated information given to you on 23 August 2011 following your request of 26 July 2011 (with the date of the closure of the Caerphilly CBC audit confirmed as 26 July 2011).

I have not applied any exemptions, but if you wish to complain about my handling of your request, or if you have any queries, please email me.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Peters

Martin Peters
Rheolwr Cydymffurfiaeth/Compliance Manager
Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru/Wales Audit Office

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