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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

No looking for lamp-posts that aren't there

I'm not even as far as the bloody building before it starts today. I'm just crossing the road when I'm accosted by Ned Grangemouth from Corporate Audit.

"Has Mary asked you about this year's CIPFA figures?"

"Last April, when I did them, yes, why?"

"The Audit Commission's got the numbers from CIPFA and sent them back to us for us to confirm that the numbers are correct before they become set in aspic. I passed on the library figures to Mary and asked her to check that they were OK. She was supposed to be getting back to me but she hasn't yet and I'm getting nervous 'cos tomorrow's the deadline for any queries or appeals."

"Not a sausage."

"If I send you a copy can you have a look?"

"I'll try my best."

So he has and I've had a look and I can't see where some of the numbers are coming from: they're certainly not the numbers I passed on to Jim and Mary in April. Unfortunately, I don't know what numbers were sent to CIPFA in the end as those files aren't in the folders accessible to us other ranks.

I mention the conversation to Mary.

"Oh... I've not had an email about that, I'm sure. I'll log on and check and see if it's come through."

I expect it's in her unread emails folder. All I can do is wash my hands of the affair and wait for the tortuous progress of the auditors next spring.


Anonymous said...

Kev, It's good to see you've started the end of Financial Year good and early. Who knows what New Year 1938 will bring.

Gadjo Dilo said...

You need to melt a bit of sealing wax* over the original communication containing your figures - nobody can tamper with them then.

(and them stamp it with your signet ring featuring the Musgrove coat of arms, which, if I remember correctly, is an escutcheon with a cup of tea in Gules and a jam lardy Rampant)

Kevin Musgrove said...

Major: we've just this week started the preparations for next year end. Noreen and I are determined not to repeat last April's effort.

gd: such diligence: I'm impressed you found the family arms. We're not allowed to take our seat in The House after an ancestor turned up in robes trimmed in live ferrets.

Lavinia said...

Seems to be entirely too much hand washing and hand wringing going on out there....."Out..out...damn spot!!"

Kevin Musgrove said...

Lavinia: our mob have an irrational fear of auditors, which keeps things interesting.