The annual statement of accounts
At the end of each financial year, we are required to produce an annual statement of accounts. This is a technical publication that includes all the financial statements and disclosures required by law.
External auditors are responsible for carrying out an audit of our annual statement of accounts and reporting whether, in their opinion, they present a "true and fair view" of the financial position of the Council. Their annual governance report summarises the principal matters arising from the audit.
The annual statement of accounts, audit letter and governance reports, along with the annual report for the years 2011/12 to 2014/15 are available to view:
Audit of accounts year ended 31 March 2015
The following sets out your rights under the Audit Commission Act 1998, sections 15 - 16 (as saved transitionally for the purposes of the 2014/15 audit of accounts) and the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 Regulations 9, 10, 21, 22 & 23.
Our accounts are subject to external audit by Mark Hodgson, of EY LLP, One Cambridge Business Park, Cambridge, CB4 0WZ. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process:
1 ) From 22 June 2015 to 17 July 2015, between 9.30am and 4.30pm (excluding weekends), any person may inspect our accounts for the year ended 31 March 2015 and certain related documents (comprising books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts) at the address given below. They may also make copies of the accounts and documents.
2) From 20 July 2015, until the conclusion of the audit process, 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.
3) From 20 July 2015, until the conclusion of the audit process, a local government elector for the area of the Council, or his/her representative, may object to our accounts, asking that the auditor issue a report in the public interest (under section 8 of the Audit Commission Act 1998) and/or apply to the court for a declaration that an item in the accounts is contrary to law (under section 17 of the Audit Commission Act 1998). 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 me at the address given below.
If you wish to inspect the accounts or any documents, please call Richard Baker in the first instance on 01442 228162 to make an arrangement for inspection and discuss any specific requirements. The pre-audit accounts will be available on our Audit Committee page when published.
James Deane, Corporate Director (Finance and Operations)
The Civic Centre, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 1HH