At the end of each financial year, the Council is required to produce a statement of accounts by 31 July. This is a technical publication that includes all the financial statements and disclosures required by statute.
The 2018/19 statement of accounts, which includes the annual governance statement and narrative statement, is available to download in PDF format. In addition the audited statement of accounts from 2009/10 to 2017/18 are also available to download.
The availability of the accounts and supporting documents for inspection is advertised well before the audit begins. The status of the statement of accounts 2018/19 is audited.
After the audit has been completed, the auditor sends an annual audit and inspection letter to the Council which contains his findings, drawing elected members' attention to any matters which he feels they should be made aware of. The completion of the audit and the availability of the audited statement of accounts is set out in the Council's Audit Conclusion Notice, which may be viewed here.
The rights of individuals to inspect the accounts are described in the National Audit Office's document “Council Accounts - a guide to your rights” (external link).
Notice of appointment of auditor from 2018/19
Under Section 8(2) of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Council must publish a notice relating to the appointment of its auditor. Please see details below.
Last updated 9 September 2019