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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Authority is recognised in national finance report

21/12/2016

A national report has revealed that Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority is among just 10 per cent of local government bodies to have its accounts approved well in advance of the deadline.

"We have tried to future-proof the Service by planning in the short, medium and long term. Over the years we have anticipated funding cuts and have planned our finances accordingly. We are pleased that the PSAA has recognised our diligence and we will continue to work hard to maintain the high standards that our residents have come to expect and that they deserve."

Director of Finance, Assets and Resources David Greensmith

The Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA) Limited, an independent company, has released the results of its findings for 2015/2016.

In total, 31 fire and rescue authorities, 357 councils, 76 police bodies and 33 other local government organisations were asked to submit their financial records.

Forty-nine organisations, including Stoke –on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority, provided their accounts for sign off at the earliest opportunity, in July 2016, two months ahead of the September 30 deadline.

The auditors looked at a number of factors including timelines, quality of financial reporting and value for money before approving the Service’s accounts.

Director of Finance, Assets and Resources David Greensmith welcomed the report.

He said: "The fact that we are among just 10 per cent of local government bodies to have received an unqualified opinion on our accounts two months ahead of the deadline is a real achievement that we are rightly proud of.

"In Staffordshire, we take the job of balancing the books in a careful and considered manner extremely seriously. We are committed to offering our communities good value for money as well as ensuring that they, and our firefighters, are protected.

"We have tried to future-proof the Service by planning in the short, medium and long term. Over the years we have anticipated funding cuts and have planned our finances accordingly. We are pleased that the PSAA has recognised our diligence and we will continue to work hard to maintain the high standards that our residents have come to expect and that they deserve."