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Our Budget and Financial Processes

Statement of Accounts

Every year we produce a Statement of Accounts giving a detailed explanation of the financial position of the Council as at 31 March of the relevant year.

The Statement of Accounts must be prepared and signed by the chief finance officer by 30th June. The Accounts are then inspected by externally appointed auditors.

The audit process allows for a 30 working day period of inspection of the Statements of Accounts by the public. Each year, the inspection period is publicised prior to its start. The inspection period must include the first 10 working days in July.

During this period, local electors have the right to question the appointed auditor about the Accounts and potentially make objections.

Once the audit is complete, the Statement of Accounts is submitted for approval by Council and is published by 30 September each year.

The latest Statement of Accounts and Public Inspection Notice can be downloaded directly from the foot of this page. Statement Accounts from previous years can be found under 'Related Downloads - Our Budget and Financial Processes'.

Setting the Annual Budget

Each year the Council agrees a Revenue and Capital Budget in order to set the Council Tax for that year. The Council also produces a Budget Book which is a summary of the Council's financial information. The latest Budget Book can be downloaded directly from the foot of this page. Those from previous years can be found under ‘Related Downloads - Our Budget and Financial Processes’.

Medium Term Financial Strategy

The Medium Term Financial Strategy sets out the major financial issues facing the Council for the next three years. It forms the background for the Council to develop its future budgets and informs medium term service and resource planning. It is reviewed annually to make sure it takes account of new developments.

The current Medium Term Financial Strategy can be downloaded directly from the foot of this page.

Annual Investment Strategy

The Annual Investment Strategy sets out the investment objectives of the council and its policy on the types of investments to be used. It also sets out the criteria for determining which organisations the council can place monies with and the approved limits and methods of placement of these monies.

The Annual Investment Strategy is produced and approved before the start of each financial year. It is kept under review throughout the year and is revised as appropriate. The latest Annual Investment Strategy can be downloaded directly from the foot of this page.

Audit Letter

Each year, the Council's Auditors produce an Audit Letter which sets out the results of their work at the Council. The Letter covers the Council's governance arrangements, its accounts, performance and inspection work and progress made in implementing improvement priorities. The latest Audit Letter can be downloaded directly from the foot of this page. Those from previous years can be found under ‘Related Downloads - Our Budget and Financial Processes’.

Page last updated: 01/02/2017