Statement of accounts

A statement of accounts is a record of the Council's spending in a year. It is an important element in demonstrating the stewardship of public money and includes:

  • An overview of the Council's accounts
  • Comment on the financial performance the efficiency and effectiveness in the use of resources
  • Core financial statements, including income and expenditure, movement in reserves, the balance sheets and cash flow statement

The Director of Corporate Resources is responsible for ensuring that the Statement of Accounts is prepared in line with statutory and accounting requirements.

Statement of Accounts 2021

The period of public inspection for interested members of the public to exercise their statutory right to inspect the accounts was notified in advance in June 2021.

The draft Annual Governance Statement for 2020-21 was reviewed by the Audit Committee at the meeting on 14 April 2021 and the final Annual Governance Statement was approved at the Audit Committee on 20 July 2021.

The 2020-21 Statement of Accounts were prepared by 17 June 2021, and then audited. The audit findings in the Audit Results Report were presented to the Audit Committee at the meeting on 21 September 2021 where the Final Statement of Accounts were approved.  The external auditor's opinion was signed on 11 November 2021.


The auditor cannot formally conclude the audit and issue an audit certificate until they have completed the work necessary to issue their assurance statement in respect of the Authority’s Whole of Government Accounts consolidation pack. They are satisfied that this work does not have a material effect on the financial statements and that the Council has in place proper arrangements for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources for the year ended 31 March 2021.

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