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Auditors Grant Thornton refuse to give South Kesteven District Council a clean bill of financial health

Outside auditors have refused to give South Kesteven District Council a clean bill of financial health.

They said it must first assess the impact of the departure of senior council bosses, including the former chief executive Aidan Rave, before passing judgment.

However, a spokesman for audit company Grant Thornton added: “We are satisfied that these matters do not have a material effect on the financial statements.”

South Kesteven District Council
South Kesteven District Council

The move follows opposition councillor Phil Dilks raising the same issue at last month’s full council meeting.

Coun Dilks (Ind - Deeping St James) said it was ‘an outrage’ he was stopped from asking the same question at the meeting because his microphone was silenced by the chairman of the council but the auditor will get the answers he seeks.

A council spokesman said: “Although this is a first for South Kesteven District Council, it is not unusual for there to be delays or additional questions in relation to local authority value-for-money arrangements.

“However, we welcome the additional scrutiny, and stand ready to work with Grant Thornton as they complete our audit.”

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