Statement of accounts

The purpose of the statement of accounts is to give electors, local taxpayers, members of the council and other interested parties clear information about the council's finances.The statement summarises:

  • the cost of services provided by us in the year
  • how services were paid for
  • our assets and liabilities at the year end.

The format of the accounts is prescribed by the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom.

Statement of accounts: your rights

A guide to your rights can be found on the National Audit Office website.

Our statement of accounts

We have published our draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021. The audit cannot be undertaken until the external auditors, BDO LLP, have completed their audit of the 2019/2020 statements which is still ongoing.  

There has been a delay in the publication of the unaudited draft statement of accounts 2021/2022 and the commencement of the period for exercise of public rights (including the inspection of the accounts and associated documents) which should have commenced by 1 August 2022.  

This is due to a combination of the consequences of ongoing delays to the audit of previous statements of accounts, the increased complexity in accounting for COVID-19 related support schemes and internal resourcing and priorities.  

We are continuing to work to complete the accounts as soon as possible and a further notice will be published setting out the public inspection period once the draft 2021/2022 statement of accounts have been finalised.

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Read the audit of account notice of delay 2021/2022

View our draft statement of accounts 2020/2021