Well, let him explain in his own words:
"Morley Town Council have just published their annual report for 2010 and the balance sheet doesn't balance.
Because they have hidden bits of it.
Worried about the consequences of revealing a confidential compromise settlement with the former Town Clerk after losing a tribunal, they decided that they would create a bit of Accountancy history - by publishing their balance sheet without a balance.
Already a laughing stock in rapidly spreading beancounter circles, the Audit Commission isn't overly impressed either. They described it as "unusual" and have fired a shot across the bows with this rather ominous remark:
'One would hope, however, that any financial information presented in an annual report would be both complete and consistent with the audited statutory accounts of the body.'
By September 30th, the council will have to reveal these numbers they are hiding, when they publish the audited accounts.
So why delay the inevitable?
Eventually, one concerned citizen (me) took a trip to the local library and found the figures in amongst old agendas & annual reports. They had been approved in open session back in May!
By their cack-handed handling of this the council have drawn more attention to themselves, and the issue is the talk of the Facebook Morley message boards.
There remains a big question about which side wanted confidentiality and why - something they are keeping very quiet on.
But can a public body use confidentiality to hide what may be very poor decisions?
Not for ever!
The Town Council is ran by a strange collective of independents who formed their own party, the Morley Borough Independents. (There is one British Nasty party member, but she has been successfully frozen out by them refusing to second her onto any committees). Morley's six City Council Members are also MBIs on the Town council but their influence in Leeds varies with whatever the latest power struggle is in a Council with a very tiny party majority."
Morley Town Council, well deserving Prats of The Week!
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