The Office of the Auditor General has found that eleven Local Councils will not be able to meet their financial obligations.
In a report on the work of Local Councils last year which was presented to Parliament this evening, the Auditor General Charles Deguara noted that seven local councils had not submitted the audited budget estimates by the end of last September, a date that was extended by four weeks due to the pandemic. The Councils that did not present these documents are Birgu, Birkirkara, Gżira, Qrendi, St. Paul’s Bay, Swieqi and Xgħajra.
The Auditor General observed that of the fifty-two Local Councils, five Regional Councils and the Association of Local Councils that submitted the audited documents on time, could not express an opinion on the budget presented by the Local Councils of Kalkara and Valletta due to lack of financial records and other documentation. It also noted that the audit report of 45 other local authorities were disqualified due to insufficient documentation.
The Auditor’s Office stresses that improvements are needed in certain specific areas due to the fact that some shortcomings have been reported repeatedly in recent years, including inadequate monitoring of fixed assets, non-compliance with statutory procedures on reporting, non-compliant purchases and improperly updated accounting books.