Citizen Editor: City council accounts saga is 'a shambles'
IT does seem inconceivable Gloucester City Council is facing an extra £55,000 in charges after getting in a mess with their accounts.
The mess goes back to June when the council should have filed their accounts with auditors. But amazingly, it took them six months to get their house in order.
If that situation happened in a private firm, the accounts department would be burning the midnight oil until those figures were finalised for submission.
Auditor KPMG has told the council they will now be charging them £139,000 plus VAT, taking the total cost of the audit for 2012/13 to £166,800.
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We agree with Councillor Jeremy Hilton – it is a shambles.
STARTING today, our reporter Dan Charles charts the story of Gloucester's Guildhall, which used to be the epicentre of politics in the city.
Unknown to most of us, the building dates back to the 1880s when it was built to house Gloucester City Council.
Council meetings were held there and election results were read from the balcony overlooking Eastgate Street.
Now, of course, it is the centre of the city's arts scene and a great venue at that. There are few venues where you can watch a film in comfort with a cup of tea or a drink.
CONEY Hill as an area has often been associated with negativity. So, it is great to see that Ofsted inspectors have heaped praise on Coney Hill Community Primary School.
They praise the school as "outstanding" in every possible area and a "beacon of excellence".
A great tribute to head teacher Rachel Wadley, her team, the pupils and the governors.