CIPFA Comment: Commissioners sent to Woking Borough Council


In response to the news that commissioners are being sent into Woking Borough Council, CIFPA CEO Rob Whiteman said:

“Today’s ministerial statement quotes the recent external assurance review, which found that Woking Borough Council has ‘no realistic route to returning to financial sustainability alone’.

“The risks associated with borrowing on such a disproportionate scale have come back to haunt Woking. Clearly, the controls put in place by the Prudential Code were not followed. 

“CIPFA Council member Carol Culley is an experienced and trusted pair of hands from highly regarded Manchester City Council, and I have every faith that she and the other commissioners will provide sound advice on next steps.

“The impact of this council’s conduct will have serious implications for the sector as a whole. Many difficult conversations will be happening at Woking and in central government, and CIPFA will assist where we can.”

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