Statement of Accounts for the Council
At the end of each financial year we prepare a Statement of Accounts. This provides information about our expenditure and income and our financial standing.
The Statement of Accounts is a formal document complying with the accounting regulations which all local authorities must meet. Independent auditors examine our accounts to ensure that they present our financial position fairly.
The Council's financial year ends on 31st March and our statutory Chief Finance Officer (the Head of Finance) signs a draft Statement of Accounts by 31st May. Members of the public are able to examine the draft Accounts and ask questions of an independent auditor. We are required to publish our audited accounts by 31st July each year. The National Audit Office's Local Audit Code and Guidance team has day to day responsibility for the way in which local auditors fulfil their statutory responsibilities. The National Audit Office explains how the public can inspect, question and challenge council’s accounts on their Council Accounts - A Guide to your rights webpage.
Our independent auditors are Ernst & Young LLP of Wessex House, 19 Threefield Lane, Southampton, SO14 3QB.
AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS 2018-2019
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, sections 25 - 27
Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 Regulations 14 -15
The Council’s accounts are subject to external audit by Ernst & Young LLP of Wessex House, 19 Threefield Lane, Southampton, SO14 3QB.
- From Monday 3rd June to Friday 12th July 2019 between 9 am and 4 pm any person may inspect at the address given below the accounting records of the Council for the year ended 31st March 2019 and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records. They may also make copies of all of any part of those records or documents.
- It will be helpful and save time if any person wishing to exercise his/her right to inspect the Council’s accounting records, contacts in advance the Council’s Head of Finance, William Fullbrook, by either phone (01264 368000) or email (Finance@testvalley.gov.uk).
- A person is not entitled to inspect or copy any part of any record or document containing information which is personal information or is protected on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.
- From Monday 3rd June to Friday 12th July 2019, a local government elector for the area of the Council, or his/her representative, may ask the auditor questions about the accounts. Please contact the auditor at the address given above to make arrangements to ask any questions.
- From Monday 3rd June to Friday 12th July 2019, a local government elector for the area of the Council, or his/her representative, may object to the Council’s accounts asking the auditor to issue a report in the public interest and/or apply to the court for a declaration that an item in the accounts is unlawful. Written notice of a proposed objection and the grounds on which it is made must be sent to the auditor at the address given above and copied to the Council’s Chief Finance Officer at the address given below.
- From Friday 31st May 2019, the 2018/2019 Statement of Accounts publication will be available for download from this page on the Council’s website.
Head of Finance
Test Valley Borough Council