Statement of accounts

At the end of each financial year, we are required by the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 to publish a Statement of Accounts setting out the financial position of the council and the transactions that have been made during the year.

You have the right to inspect these accounts, and the associated documents, in accordance with the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

For the financial year 2020/21, the above regulations have been amended by The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021.

Public inspection of the draft accounts

After being approved by the council’s responsible financial officer as a true and fair view, draft accounts for the year are published on this page, along with the council’s annual governance statement.

The accounts are then be made available for public inspection, along with the supporting accounting records and associated documents, for 30 working days. The inspection period for 2020/21 was 7th July to 17th August 2021.

During this period, local electors can ask the external auditors questions about the draft accounts, or raise objections to them.

Publication of the final audited accounts

Each summer our external auditors conduct a full and detailed examination of the draft accounts and report their findings to the council’s Audit and Governance Committee, which then approves the audited accounts. The final audited accounts are then published on this page, along with the audit opinion.

The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 require that the audited 2020/21 accounts and related audit opinion are published by 30th September 2021. As at 30th September 2021 the council’s external auditor, Grant Thornton UK LLP, has not yet completed the audit of the 2020/21 accounts. The 2020/21 Statement of Accounts published below is the original unaudited version published on 6th July 2021. When the audit opinion is issued, the audited and approved accounts will be published on this page as soon as practicable.

The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 require that the audited 2019/20 accounts and related audit opinion are published by 30th November 2020. As at 30th September 2021, the council's external auditor, Grant Thornton UK LLP, has not yet completed the audit, so the 2019/20 Statement of Accounts published below is the original unaudited version published on 3rd August 2020. When the audit opinion is issued, the audited and approved accounts will be published on this page as soon as practicable.

The auditors issue a final certificate of completion of the audit separately which is published here online when available, together with a public notice explaining the rights of local electors to inspect the accounts and audit opinion/certificate.

The audits for the 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial statements have not yet been formally concluded by the external auditors (Grant Thornton UK LLP) so the final audit certificates for these years are not yet available. The audit opinions issued for these accounts are unqualified and are included within the financial statements published below.

Statement of accounts library 

The accounts for the most recent financial year and final audited accounts for the previous five years are published below.