To consider the report of the Director of Resources, (copy enclosed).
The Committee received the External Audit – Grant Claim Certification report, attached as appendix1, for the year ended 31 March 2018.
The Director of Resources presented the report advising that this was the annual audit of Housing Benefit. She drew Members’ attention to the summary of work undertaken. This was an accurate piece of work by the Customers Team that resulted in a smooth audit on the part of the Council with minimum amendments. It was noted that the fee applied by the auditors to this piece of work was not exorbitant.
Concerns were raised regarding the impact of Universal Credit. The Group Manager, Customers said that although the introduction would inevitably have an impact this should be mitigated due to the staggered nature of the implementation.
The Committee congratulated the Group Manager, Customers for the excellent work and asked that their compliments be passed to the team.
RESOLVED that Members noted the Certification of Claims and Returns Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2018.