Statement of Accounts 2022-23
The Council has been unable to commence the period of public inspection for the statement of accounts for the 2022/23 financial year by the first working day in June 2023. Following on from this, there is also a delay in the commencement of the audit and the publication of the audited accounts of the year ended 31 March 2023.
Due partly to the global Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a significant delay in the conclusion of the audit of the annual accounts for 2019/20, primarily related to uncertainties over the valuation of the authority’s property assets and a sector-wide consultation on infrastructure asset reporting. This delay has in turn impacted on the ability of officers to draft and finalise the accounts for subsequent financial years.
As of 1 June 2023, the Council is awaiting the final audit completion report for 2019/20 statement of accounts and the audit of the 2020/21 statement of accounts is substantially complete. The 2021/22 statement of accounts is currently being prepared with a view to draft accounts being published for public inspection in summer 2023. Work will then commence on preparation of the 2022/23 statement of accounts.
As soon as the draft 2022/23 statement of accounts are available, these will be published with revised inspection dates. The audited statement of accounts will follow as soon possible.