Audit statement

The Social Audit Panel has examined the draft Social Accounts submitted to us and discussed them in detail with Patricia Alexander (MD), Kerrey Baker, Tim Morgan, France Villeneuve and Kate O'Dell at the Social Audit Panel meeting held on 22nd November 2016. I have examined the revised Social Accounts which were prepared following the Social Audit Panel meeting and which have taken into account various points identified in the notes* of the Social Audit Panel Meeting. We also examined a sample of the data and the sources of information on which the Social Accounts have been based.

We believe that the process outlined above has given us sufficient information on which to base our opinion. We are satisfied that, given the scope of the social accounting explained in the revised draft and given the limitations of time available to us, the Social Accounts are free from material misstatement and present a fair and balanced view of the performance and impact of Shared Interest as measured against its stated values and aims and the views of the stakeholders who were consulted.

In the notes of the Social Audit Panel was unanimous in affirming that the accounts were clear, comprehensive and thorough, and that much progress had been made in responding to the Panel's recommendations from previous years. We identified one key issue to be taken into consideration during the next social audit cycle. In particular, we would refer to the following:

There has been some progress in Shared Interest reporting more on the outcomes and the wider impact of their work. However further progress can be made through development of the Theory of Change model which will enable a closer examination of the degree of impact achieved and enable Shared Interest to reflect on issues of wider strategic significance.

Sue Osbourne, Chair of the Social Audit Panel