Annual audit

Our accounts are examined by an external auditor every year. They publish an annual audit letter setting out their opinion of the council’s financial statements.

Reports are always published in arrears and are usually presented to the council at some point in the calendar year following the audit.

The latest report available is for the year ending March 31, 2022, from Grant Thornton. It provides a summary of the findings, including issues the auditors want to highlight to members of the public.

In preparing this letter, the auditors have followed the National Audit Office’s (NAO) code of audit practice and auditor guidance note.

As part of their audit of our financial statements, the auditors also comply with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and other guidance issued by the NAO.

2022/23 audit

The audit for 2022/23 is also being conducted by Grant Thornton, as part of a five-year agreement. Details will be published here when we receive the report.

Future audits

Audits from 2023/24 to 2027/28 will be carried out by Azets.

This appointment is made under regulation 13 of the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015 and was approved by the Public Sector Audit Appointments Board (PSAA).