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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 2013/14 are available to view:

If you would like to speak to us about the above, please email richard.baker@dacorum.gov.uk or phone 01442 228162.

Audit of Accounts year ended 31 March 2014

The following sets out your rights under the Audit Commission Act 1998, sections 15 - 16 and the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2011 Regulations 9, 10, 21, 22 and 23. 

The Council’s 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 24 June 2014 to 25 July 2014* between 9.30am and 4.30pm (excluding weekends and bank holidays), any person may inspect the accounts of the Council for the year ended 31 March 2014 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 23 July 2014 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 23 July 2014 until the conclusion of the audit process, a local government elector for the area of the Council, or his/her representative, may object to the Council’s 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:
 
Martin Hone, Corporate Director (Finance and Operations)
Dacorum Borough Council
The Civic Centre
The Marlowes
Hemel Hempstead
Hertfordshire
HP1 1HH

If you wish to inspect the accounts or any documents at the Councils offices, please contact Richard Baker on 01442 228162 or richard.baker@dacorum.gov.uk to make arrangement for inspection and to discuss any specific requirements.

* An additional two days have been allowed for inspection of the accounts.

 

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