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Statements about External Audit Value for Money Governance Review

Published 8th December 2021

Statements from Sandwell Council's Leader and Interim Chief Executive about External Audit Value for Money Governance Review.

Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, Leader of Sandwell Council said:

“I welcome this detailed and thorough review of our governance arrangements. The cabinet and I recognise that, while the auditors are satisfied that government intervention is not necessary, we must build on the improvements put in place by the new leadership team. We have demonstrated the progress that has already been made and, as the report recognises, we are already seeing green shoots in key areas.

“We are fully committed to making the necessary improvements and will work hard to embed the positive changes that have been described in the report.

“We have been given a number of statutory and key recommendations as part of this governance review and these will form the basis for an action plan detailing the improvements we must make as an organisation.

“The report recognises there is a consensus that senior officers and members are in a stronger, more effective and constructive position than in the recent past. We will be relentless in focusing on improvements and will use this report as a baseline for the council’s future transformation."

Kim Bromley-Derry – Interim Chief Executive, Sandwell Council added:

“Significant improvements have already taken place, which has been recognised in this report

“Along with the cabinet and the new Leader of the Council, the leadership team and I will not shy away from the work that is needed and we will be relentless in focusing on improvements.

“My absolute priority going forward will be embedding sustainable, robust processes and improvements that the council can continue to build on in the months and years to come.”

The review will be discussed at Sandwell Council's Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 15 December.


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