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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.

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 2022/23 statement of accounts

Audit of accounts year ended 31 March 2023 – Notice of Public Rights

Notice is hereby given under Regulation 15(2)(b) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 that from 11 April 2024 to 23 May 2024  any person may on reasonable notice inspect and make copies of the accounts of the council for the year ended 31 March 2024 and all books, deeds, contracts, bills vouchers and receipts, 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.

All requests for information will be responded to electronically where possible.

Application should be made initially by email to:

From 11 April 2024 to 23 May 2024, the auditor, at the request of a local government elector for the council’s area, will give the elector or his representative an opportunity to question him about the accounts.

From 11 April 2024 to 23 May 2024, any such elector may make objections to the auditor, under Section 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, relating to any matter where the auditor could take action under:

  • Section 28 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, namely, to apply to the court for a declaration that an item is contrary to law, and/or
  • Section 24 and paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, namely, to make a report in the public interest

No objection may be raised unless the auditor has previously received written notice of the proposed objection, specifying the facts on which the objector relies ad the grounds on which the objection is being made. A copy of that written notice must also be sent to the council at the following address:

Steve Thompson

Director of Resources (Section 151 Officer)

PO Box 4
Town Hall 
FY1 1NA 

The auditor is Deloitte LLP. Any questions and notices of objection should be addressed to:

Deloitte LLP
1 Trinity Gardens
Newcastle Upon Tyne