Inspection of Islington council Accounts

Inspection of Accounts  

If any leaseholders have already addressed  queries to Mr Mohammed Sajid, Chief Accountant, at Mohammed.Sajid@islington.gov.uk, then these  need to be re-sent  to

AccountsInspection@islington.gov.uk  or call 020 7527 2574/2432/3531.

Mr Mohammed Sajid is away until the end of the month.  The deadline for queries is September 18th, 2014.

http://www.islington.gov.uk/about/council-works/councilfinance/statement_of_accounts/Pages/default.aspx

Inspection of Accounts

Audit of Accounts 2013-14

  • Audit Commission Act 1998, sections 15 – 16
  • The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 Regulations 9, 10, 21 and 22

Each year the council’s accounts are audited. In line with the above Acts and Regulations any person interested has the right to:

  • inspect the accounts and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to them and
  • make copies of the above (a charge may be made for copies).

The accounts for the year ending 31 March 2014 and documents will be available at the Council Offices, 7 Newington Barrow Way, London N7 7EP between 9.30am and 4.30pm on Mondays to Fridays from Thursday 21 August until Thursday 18 September 2014 (excluding Monday 25 August 2014).

If you wish to inspect any particular documents please apply first to the Corporate Accountancy Tram at the above address, call 0207 527 2725 or email AccountsInspection@islington.gov.uk  so that arrangements can be made. Please note: you may need to visit other offices

you may need to visit other offices to view some documents.

From 10.00am on Friday 19 September 2014 until the end of the audit process, a local government elector for the area of the council, or his/her representative, may:

  • ask the auditor questions about the accounts.  Please contact Mr Philip Johnstone, Director, KPMG LLP (UK) at 15 Canada Square, London, E14 5GL to make arrangements to ask any questions.
  • object to the council’s accounts asking that the auditor issue a report in the public interest (under section 8 of the Audit Commission Act 1998) and/or apply to the court for a declaration that an item in the accounts is contrary to law (under section 17 of the Audit Commission Act 1998).  Written notice of a proposed objection and the grounds on which it is made must be sent to the auditor at the address given above and copied to me at the following address:
  • Finance Department,
  • Second floor, Council Offices, 7 Newington Barrow Way, London N7 7EP
  • Mike Curtis, Corporate Director of Finance & Resources

ILA AGM & meet – Wed 11th June 2014

Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting
and
Annual General Meeting

on

Wednesday 11th June 2014

in

Islington Town Hall

at

7pm – 9pm

Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman (ILA)

Guest Speakers: Mrs Patricia Napier

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Face Book www.facebook.com/IslingtonLeaseholdersAssociation

Please tell /retweet/re-mail/ like / anyone who might be interested about this meeting

Hustings and ILA meet Wed 14 May 2014

 Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting and Hustings
on
Wednesday 14th May  2014
in
Islington Town Hall
at
7pm – 9pm

The apolitical ILA have invited all Islington political parties to attend a Hustings at our ILA monthly meet, to tell us how they will help Leaseholders.

Leaseholders are invited to come along and ask them how they’ll help you.

 

Guest Speakers from Islington’s political parties confirmed so far include:

 

Cllr. James Murray – Executive Member for Housing (Labour),

Cllr. Terry Stacy (Liberal) ,

Charlie Kiss (Green),

Patricia Napier (Conservative),

Pete Muswell  (UKIP)

Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA
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Send govt. your views and evidence about poor service, wasted spending, and high charges

After pressure from leaseholders organisation and others, the Office of Fair Trading is to investigate Service Charges.

Evidence is invited from anyone concerned and results are due by the end of 2014. The study was first announced last year to look at services for flats in the private sector only, but 250 people and organisations wrote in about its limited scope and it has been agreed to include the millions of leaseholders who rely on councils and housing associations to run their estates.

Go to www.oft.gov.uk/subscribe to register for progress updates; and email propertymanagers.study@oft.gsi.gov.uk to send them your views and any evidence about poor service; wasted spending; and high charges. For more information: http://www.oft.gov.uk/OFTwork/markets-work/residential-property-management/#.UxcnfPl_sXU

In their detailed scoping report published 4th March 2014, the OFT said that the social housing sector was, on reflection “too large and important” to omit from their study.

The study’s full title is “Market study into the provision of residential property management services”. In April, the OFT gets merged into a new Competition & Markets Authority (CMA). info from Hackney Leaseholders

Leaseholder poll – How can council improve their relationship with you?

When Leader of the Council Richard  Watts came to the Islington Leaseholders’ Association meeting at the Town Hall on February 12th, 2014, he spoke of the need  for an entirely new council/leaseholder relationship, based on working together.With this in mind, your thoughts and input would be appreciated.

Leaseholder poll Please tick 3 boxes then press vote  button below

In which three ways do you think your council landlord could most improve their relationship with you?

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If you think the council should be doing something more important for leaseholders than the suggestions above, tell us publicly on comment form below, or privately via the contact form and we may ask the council about it and/or add it to this poll, or flag it for future discussion.

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ILA Meet 9th April 2014

Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting
on
Wednesday 9th April 2014
in
Islington Town Hall
at
7pm – 9pm
Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA
Guest Speaker: TBA
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If you wish to join or renew your membership please contact our website www.ila.org.uk where you can obtain the appropriate membership forms.

ILA meet wed 12.2.14

Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting
on

Wednesday 12th Febuary 2014
in

Islington Town Hall

at
7pm – 9pm

Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA
Guest Speakers: To be advised
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If you wish to join or renew your membership please contact our website www.ila.org.uk where you can obtain the appropriate membership forms.

ILA Meet Wed 11 Dec 2013

Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting
on
 
Wednesday 11th December 2013
in
 
Islington Town Hall
 
at
7pm – 9pm
 
Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA
Guest Speakers: To be advised
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Volunteers wanted
The ILA are looking for a ‘secretary’ to take minutes and distribute them regularly to all the directors and asks for a volunteer to undertake this essential part of the work, to assist with the smooth running of the organisation.  If you are interested please log into http://www.ila.org.uk/faqs/contact-form.
If you wish to join or renew your membership please contact our website www.ila.org.uk where you can obtain the appropriate membership forms.  
 
Please impress upon any other leaseholders that it is in their interest to attend these meetings regularly…
 
Please click on both attachments – Islington Gazette 29th November 2013.
 
[1] Letter  from Dr Potter –Sub-Contracting More who work the worse it gets.
[2] Article Leaseholder’s £3,500 mystery bill cancelled after two-year battle.     
 
Dr B.S. Potter Chairman ILA

The Leaseholders charter – Download

Leaseholders might find the Council’s own statement of its promises to leaseholders useful when in negotiation over service charges or major works !!!

 

 

 

‘£30k maintenance charge drained my life savings’ says 88-year-old leaseholder

‘£30k maintenance charge drained my life savings’ says 88-year-old leaseholder

Joan Leonard and Doc Potter

Joan Leonard and Doc Potter

Published: 13 September, 2013   by PETER GRUNER and SERINA SANDHU  from Islington Tribune
HOUSING activists are launching a campaign to force Islington Council to pay back most of the £30,000 in maintenance fees which drained the life savings of an 88-year-old leaseholder.
They will claim that widowed pensioner Joan Leonard was not properly consulted some eight years ago, nor did she give her approval of work done on the tower block Emberton Court, on the Brunswick estate, Clerkenwell.
The move follows plans for more work on the estate for which Mrs Leonard will be asked to contribute another £8,000.
Retired tailor Mrs Leonard, who has lived on the fifth floor of the estate for more than 60 years, said: “I paid the money for four new windows and two doors. They also replaced a perfectly good boiler.
“But I got a shock when I got the bill. Now they want more money for things like CCTV and repairs. Well, I don’t have it.”
Two of the borough’s most formidable campaigners, Dr Brian Potter, chairman of Islington Leaseholders Association, and student barrister Patricia Napier will take on the case.
The work on the estate was carried out by the now-defunct housing management organisation Homes for Islington in 2008-09.
Dr Potter said: “This is a woman who was forced to spend her entire life-savings on work which probably wasn’t needed. She came to us because she’s being asked to spend more money.”
He added: “We hope of course that rather than a long, protracted tribunal or court case the council will agree to a refund.”
Ms Napier said: “£30,000 is a huge amount of money. I hope to get a great proportion of it back. Mrs Leonard is obviously not a wealthy woman and it appears she was not aware of her rights at the time the work was done.
“The council will have to prove that the work was necessary.”
Councillor James Murray, executive member for housing, said that if any leaseholders have difficulty making the payment a member of the housing team can help them by discussing options.

http://www.islingtontribune.com/news/2013/sep/‘£30k-maintenance-charge-drained-my-life-savings’-says-88-year-old-leaseholder

ILA meet Wed 14th August 2013

Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting 

on

Wednesday 14th August 2013

in

Islington Town Hall

 at

7pm – 9pm

Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter ILA

 

Guest Speakers:  “As our guests, we have invited two very eminent Leaseholders from the boroughs of Westminster and Camden, who will talk, and answer questions, on the differences observed in the treatment of leaseholders by their council’s and Islington’s”…

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