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Letter to the Reading Chronicle - Council Accounts for 2021/22
I was reminded this week that the saga of Reading Burrough Councils annual accounts submission has been conspicuous by its absence from the local media.

A brief search of the council website reveal why.

It appears the accounts for the last financial year, 2021 to 2022, where not delivered to the Audit Committee by the summer deadline for the 6th consecutive year and the full accounts appear to have missed their October deadline for the 5th time in 6 years.

At a time of extreme strain on council budges from the effects of inflation and the cost-of-living crisis councils need to have visibility of their financial situation, something our Labour run councils seems to think is an unnecessary burden, not a sign of accountability and openness.

Without the reassurance of timely accounts, we can’t be assured that the council is in any better financial position than say labour run Slough which issued a section 114 notice, effectively declaring bankruptcy in July of this year.

That’s not good company to be in.

Stephen Graham
Reading Liberal Party(Organiser)

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