Bolsover Council told to improve financial reports

Related Stories

A Derbyshire council has been criticised by the Audit Commission for poor accounting in its annual financial reports.

Bolsover District Council was told it had made "significant errors" in its draft statements - which then had to be resubmitted.

The Labour-run council has been told to make changes, including improving the way it calculates its fixed assets.

The authority has not commented on the report.

Duncan Kerr, a Green party councillor in Bolsover, said: "This is the third critical report in a row so it is not as though the red lights have not been flashing in Bolsover for some time."

Tim Levers, a Bolsover businessman, said the council had produced "a balance sheet that doesn't balance".

The 52-page Audit Commission report said: "Our initial review… identified a significant number of serious internal consistency errors in the draft statements of accounts submitted for audit.

"We had to suspend our audit visit for several weeks to allow [council] officers time to address the issues arising from our initial review and produce a more coherent set of accounts."

The commission estimated that the extra work it carried out on the council accounts would probably cost £25,000.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Derby

Weather

Derby

Min. Night 14 °C

Features

  • An undated file photo posted on 27 August 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, showing IS fighters waving the group's flag from a damaged government fighter jet in Raqqa, Syria.Adapt or die?

    IS militants seem to be changing tactics after air strikes


  • signClean and tidy

    Things that could only happen in a Hong Kong protest


  • Child eating ice creamTooth top tips

    Experts on ways to encourage children to look after their teeth


  • Almaz cleaning floorAlmaz's prison

    Beaten and raped - the story of an African servant in Saudi Arabia


  • Train drawn by Jonathan Backhouse, 1825Original 'geeks'

    What hobby did this drawing start in 1825?


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.