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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 provides local electors with the right to object to an item of their local authority's financial accounts. In relation to all the objections received between 2015 and 2020 (including objections to the 2014/15 accounts) please provide the following information in Excel spreadsheet format.

Please use the list below as column headers and compile the data for each objection in a separate row.

1. Objection reference no.
2. Date the objection was received
3. Financial year the objection relates to
4. Subject of the objection
5. Auditor who dealt with the objection (company name)
6. Did the objector ask for a referral to the High Court or a Public Interest Report, or both?
7. Was the objection accepted as valid?
8. If not, why?
9. Has the auditor provided a final response to the objection?
10. If yes, please indicate the date of the final response.
11. Was a public interest report issued?
12. Was a referral made to the High Court?
13. If so, what was the High Court’s decision?
14. Were any other recommendations made or actions taken by the auditor under the powers set out in Section 24 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act?
15. How much was the council charged by the auditor to carry out work in relation to the objection?

Kind regards,

Ludovica Rogers

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
I have not yet received an acknowledgement of my FOI request.
Could you kindly confirm that it is being processed and that I will receive a response by the deadline of the 19th of January.
Kind regards,
Ludovica Rogers

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Rogers

Your request has been received and is currently being responded to. However as a result of a high volume of enquiries, staff absences and competing priorities, we are unlikely to have a response ready by 19 January 2021. We therefore require a short extension until 1 February 2021.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Lynette Paterson
Principal Information Management Officer
Wirral Council
PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

Email: [Wirral Borough Council request email]

Visit our website: www.wirral.gov.uk

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Research for Action

Dear Wirral Council,
I should have received a response to this FOI request by 19 January 2021.
Could you kindly inform me of the status of my request?
Kind regards,
Ludovica Rogers

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Rogers

As stated in my email of 15 January 2021 shown below, we have advised that additional time will be needed as the information is held by our external auditors. We still aim to have a response for you by 1 February 2021 as advised.

Yours sincerely

Lynette Paterson
Principal Information Management Officer
Wirral Council
PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

Email: [Wirral Borough Council request email]

Visit our website: www.wirral.gov.uk

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Research for Action

Dear FOI officer,
Could you kindly inform me of the status of my FOI request?
Kind regards,
Ludovica Rogers

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Rogers

 

We write further to your Freedom of Information request in which you asked
for the following:

 

1. Objection reference no.

2. Date the objection was received

3. Financial year the objection relates to

4. Subject of the objection

5. Auditor who dealt with the objection (company name)

6. Did  the objector ask for a referral to the High Court or a Public
Interest Report, or both?

7. Was the objection accepted as  valid?

8. If not, why?

9. Has the auditor provided a final response to the objection?

10. If yes, please indicate the date of the final response.

11. Was a public interest report issued?

12. Was a referral made to the High Court?

13. If so, what was the High Court’s decision?

14. Were any other recommendations made or actions taken by the auditor
under the powers set out in Section 24 of the Local Audit and
Accountability Act? 

15. How much was the council charged by the auditor to carry out work in
relation to the objection?

 

Please be advised that we do not hold the level of detail information
required for this FOI.  However, the information we do have is as follows:

 

o LOBO objection made on 10/8/16 – now closed
o 17/18 accounts objection made on 6/6/18 relating to the AGS not being
published at the same time as the draft accounts – closed
o 18/19 accounts objection made on 12/7/19 relating to the omission of
the Chief Executive’s name in the senior officer remuneration table -
closed

 

You have the right to request an internal review of this response if
dissatisfied, any such request should be sent to
[1][email address]. If you remain unhappy after the
outcome of an Internal Review, you have the right to complain to the
Information Commissioner’s Office at
[2]https://ico.org.uk/Global/contact_us

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

 

Email: [3][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

Visit our website: [4]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

 

 

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