The council’s accounts are subject to external audit. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights as part of the audit process. For the 2018/19 accounts, there has been a delay to the completion of the audit due to the auditor's resourcing issues. See the notice regarding the late audit opinion.
In spring 2015, the council’s s151 Officer (chief finance officer) asked the Local Government Association (LGA) to complete a finance peer review of the council’s finance service and of the financial leadership within the council.
The request was made so we could see where the council could improve and make sure it’s financial planning and leadership is robust. The LGA's peer review team spent two days interviewing key council officers and members and then summarised their report in summer 2015.
Every year the council’s external auditors produce an Annual Audit Letter. For 2017/18 this was BDO and for 2018/19 onwards is Grant Thornton. This letter is a high level summary of the auditors' findings from their work during the previous financial year.
Each year we publish our statement of accounts. This incorporates our detailed financial statements for the year 1 April to 31 March.