At the end of each financial year we prepare a Statement of Accounts. This provides information about our expenditure and income and our financial standing.
The Statement of Accounts is a formal document complying with the accounting regulations which all local authorities must meet. Independent auditors examine our accounts to ensure that they present our financial position fairly.
The Council's financial year ends on 31 March and our statutory Chief Finance Officer (the Director of Corporate Services) signs a draft Statement of Accounts by 30 June. Members of the public are able to examine the draft Accounts and ask questions of an independent auditor. We are required to publish our audited accounts by 30 September each year. The National Audit Office's Local Audit Code and Guidance team has day to day responsibility for the way in which local auditors fulfil their statutory responsibilities. The National Audit Office explain how the public can inspect, question and challenge councils' accounts on their Council Accounts - A Guide to your rights webpage. Our independent auditors are: BDO LLP of 55 Baker Street, London W1U 7EU.
The public inspection notice is available to download below, and you can download a copy of the audited accounts by year.