Statement of Accounts, Annual Governance Statement and Audit




The audit of the Council’s 2022/23 Statement of Accounts has been completed. The Statement and associated documents were approved by the Council at its meeting of 14 December 2023.

The certificate of completion of the audit cannot be issued until the Council’s auditors have completed their work and, reported upon, assessing the Council’s arrangements for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources. That work and the issuing of the Auditor’s Annual Report will take place by 31st January 2024. At that point and when the audit certificate has been issued, the Council will give notification of the conclusion of the audit.

The audited Statement of Accounts for 2022/23 is available at the link below.


The statement of accounts provide financial information relating to the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.


The statement of accounts provide financial information relating to the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.


The Council’s 2019/20 Statement of Accounts has been audited and given a clean (unqualified) audit opinion. The accounts were signed by the Council’s Chairman and Section 151 Officer at the meeting on 10 September. The audited version of the Statement of Accounts is available at the link on this page along with the Annual Governance Statement for 2019/20.

Each year, local authorities have a duty to publish the annual statement of accounts and the annual governance statement by 31 May. However, currently that deadline has been temporarily extended to 31 July due to the impact of COVID-19.

The purpose of the statement of accounts is to inform interested parties of the Council's finances and includes such information as the Council's assets and liabilities at the end of the financial year, the cost of the services provided by the Council and the way in which these services were financed.

Annual Governance Statement

The annual governance statement is a statutory document which explains the processes and procedures in place to enable the council to carry out its functions effectively.

The statement is produced following a review of the council's governance arrangements and includes an action plan to address any significant governance issues identified.

Audit Letters

Audit letters set out the auditors view of the Statement of Accounts, governance and value for money.

You may download previous annual Statements of Account and the Audit Findings Letters / Annual Governance Reports from the links on this page.