At the end of each financial year, all councils have to publish a Statement of Accounts. The accounts show how we have used public money in the year and that we have been honest and responsible.
After being approved by the Responsible Financial Officer as a true and fair view, draft accounts are placed "on deposit" in the Civic Hall and here online for thirty working days. This is so local electors can inspect them and ask questions about them or challenge them (see the Documents section for Council accounts -a guide to your rights).
The deposit dates for the 2015/16 accounts are Wednesday 29 June to Tuesday 9 August 2016. In the Documents section on this page you will find
- A copy of the draft Statement of Accounts
- A declaration explaining that these accounts are unaudited and subject to change
- A statement explaining the public inspection rights during this period, including how to contact the council’s auditors KPMG
- A copy of the council’s draft Annual Governance Statement
What happens then - the annual audit process
Over the summer our external auditors conduct a full and detailed examination of the draft accounts, after which they issue their accounts audit letter and, if all is well, they also issue an audit certificate to confirm that the accounts give a true and fair view. Once this is received, our Corporate Governance and Audit Committee approve the final audited accounts and the Council publishes them.
What’s available from earlier years
As well as the most recent final audited accounts and their associated documents, you can also find copies of the accounts, the annual governance statement and the external auditors' report for each year from 2011/12 onwards in the Documents section.
A hard copy is also available to view and make copies of between 8:30am and 4pm on any working day at the Corporate Financial Management office of the Civic Hall, via the Information Desk at Portland Crescent Leeds LS1 1UR. Leeds voters are also entitled to ask for a copy of the accounts and the auditors report to be delivered to them. The council is allowed to make a reasonable charge to cover the cost of doing this.