Shareholder Committee                                                       28 March 2022


Veritau Limited Business Update



1.        Veritau Limited is a local authority shared service company jointly owned by the City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council.  The company was established in 2009.  The company has two subsidiary companies, Veritau North Yorkshire Limited and Veritau Tees Valley Limited, which are part owned by other councils. Together the companies form the Veritau Group.


2.        The wider Veritau Group has 9 member councils but also provides services to a large number of multi-academy trusts and schools, housing associations and other public sector organisations.  The group employs approximately 70 professional staff and offers a range of assurance services, including internal audit, counter fraud, risk management, and information governance. The majority of these services are delivered to organisations in the Yorkshire region although the group has clients across the United Kingdom.


3.        Veritau delivers shareholder value to its member councils through:


·           Economies of scale resulting in lower unit costs

·           Increased efficiencies and flexibility – standard working practices ensure there is less duplication of effort and best practice is more easily shared

·           Improved access to specialist resources (for example data analytics, risk management and counter fraud specialists) that would otherwise not be available to a small in-house team

·           Increased resilience and the ability to accommodate changes in workload because of the larger pool of staff available

·           Improved service continuity and less reliance on key members of staff for service delivery

·           The ability to invest in new technologies and working practices


2021/22 Finance and Performance Update


4.        The Group is on track to achieve its target profit for 2021/22. There are also no significant variances compared to the approved budget at this stage in the year.


5.        Since the last meeting of the Shareholder Committee on 22 November 2021, the Group has gained contracts to provide internal audit services to a number of public authorities and has started providing data protection services to another council. 


6.        A copy of the 2021/22 Group management accounts (for the 9 months to 31 December 2021) is attached as appendix 1.  A copy of the balance sheet for Veritau Limited is attached as appendix 2 for information.  Details of variances against budget are included in appendix 3.  The management accounts are confidential because they contain commercially sensitive information.


7.        Veritau has commenced discussions with member councils in preparation for local government re-organisation across North Yorkshire which is being treated as a business priority alongside the continued delivery of a number of services including internal audit, counter fraud, information governance and risk management.


8.        Veritau has also implemented new hybrid working arrangements for its employees which it is believed will further enhance and support the effective delivery of services to its clients.


9.        Veritau has provided further details in their Business Update Report attached.  




10.    That the Shareholder Committee notes the Group’s performance to date in 2021/22.


11.    Implications


None directly arising from this report.


Human Resources (HR)

None directly arising from this report.


None directly arising from this report.


None directly arising from this report.

Crime and Disorder, Information Technology and Property

None directly arising from this report.


Contact Details

Author responsible for the report:

Janie Berry, Director of Governance, City of York Council

Max Thomas
Veritau Chief Executive




Report Approved



10 March 2022






Wards Affected: 




For further information please contact the author of the report


Annex 1 -Veritau Update Report 28 March 2022

Appendices (Confidential)

·        Appendix 1 – Veritau group profit and loss account 2021-22 (quarter 3)

·        Appendix 2 – Veritau Limited balance sheet at 31/12/21

·        Appendix 3 – Variances against budget (quarter 3)

·        Appendix 4  Veritau business plan 2022-23

·        Appendix 5 – Veritau Group budget 2022-23