£252,000 audit report cost

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Sheffield Council spent more than a quarter-of-a-million pounds on an external audit of its accounts – despite making hefty spending cuts.

The £252,000 sum – £5,000 more than planned – was paid to accountants KPMG for the inspection

Extra costs were incurred due to a review of the £90 million South Yorkshire Digital Region project.

Only 2.7 per cent of Digital Region’s required 108,000 customers signed up to the scheme - which cost Sheffield Council £14 million and the other South Yorkshire councils £7m.

The council insisted the cost of the audit last year – which recommended tighter management controls – was good value and came in at much less than the £413,000 cost of the report the previous year.

The council has declined to make full details of the report public. The cost comes despite the council saying it cannot afford £180,000 to mothball Don Valley Stadium for six months.

Officials say a proper external audit is a legal requirement and that the auditor is chosen by the Government.