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The annual statement of accounts is a statutory summary of our financial affairs for the financial year and is prepared in accordance with the code of practice on local authority accounting in the United Kingdom.

The purpose of our statement of accounts is to give clear information on our overall finances and to demonstrate our stewardship of public money for the year.

Independent auditors report annually whether the statement of accounts fairly represents our financial position of income and expenditure. Their report is included in the statement of accounts.

The auditors also look at the quality of our services, whether money is spent economically and efficiently and at our performance. This is reported in the annual audit and inspection letter.

Statement of accounts

You can download the most recent statement of accounts below.

Draft statement of accounts 2020 to 2021 [PDF 4.73MB]

Draft statement of accounts 2019 to 20 [PDF 2.05MB]

Audited statement of accounts 2018 to 2019 [PDF 1.93MB]

Audited statement of accounts 2017 to 2018 [PDF 1.49MB]

Notice regarding the external audit of accounts

You can view the notice regarding the delay to the external audit of the statement of accounts 2019-20 below:

Blackpool Council has produced its statement of accounts for the year 2019/20. The external audit of the accounts has not been concluded as the auditors require additional time to agree the council’s accounting treatment of a number of outstanding issues.

As such, under the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, this notice is hereby given that the statement of accounts cannot currently be published. The accounts will be published as soon as reasonably practicable after the receipt of the audit opinion.

Steve Thompson

Director of Resources (S151 Officer)

 

You can download the most recent annual audit letter below.

Public inspection of accounts

You can view the public inspection of accounts notice below:

Public inspection notice for the 2020/21 Statement of Accounts

Audit of Accounts Year Ended 31 March 2021 – Notice of Public Rights

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (Revised)

Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Act 2017

The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) Amendments Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/263)

 

Notice is hereby given that the unaudited statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 will be published on the Council’s website by 31 July 2021 at Blackpool Council annual accounts. The statement of accounts is unaudited and may be subject to change.

Notice is hereby given that from 1sAugust 2021 to 13 September 2021, Mondays to Fridays inclusive between 10.00am and 4.00pm any person may inspect, and make copies of the accounts and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other related documents of the Council for the year ended 31 March 2021, except as provided for in Section 26(4) to 26(6) of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 in relation to commercially confidential and personal information.

The accounts and other documents will be available for inspection by prior appointment only.  Please contact the Director of Resources at Blackpool Council, PO Box 4, Town Hall, Blackpool FY1 1NA or email TreasuryManagement@blackpool.gov.uk to make an appointment.

During this period, a local government elector for any area to which the accounts relate, or their representative, may question the auditor about the accounts, or make an objection to the accounts as set out in sections 26 and 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.  Any objection, and the grounds on which it is made, must be sent to the auditor in writing, with a copy to the Director of Resources at Blackpool Council, PO Box 4, Town Hall, Blackpool FY1 1NA. 

Any objection must state the grounds on which the objection is being made and particulars of:

  1. Any item of account which is alleged to be contrary to law; and
  2. Any matter in respect of which it is proposed that the auditor could make a public interest report under section 24 of, and paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 to, the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

Objections should be addressed to the auditor, Nicola Wright, Deloitte LLP, One Trinity Gardens, Broad Clare, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2HF.

 

Steve Thompson

Director of Resources

Blackpool Council, PO Box 4, Town Hall, Blackpool, FY1 1NA