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 twenty 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 - your rights).
The deposit dates for the 2012/13 accounts were Monday 15 July to Friday 9 August 2013.
During the audit period, Leeds voters are also entitled to put questions to the council's external auditors KPMG about the council's draft accounts, or to raise objections to them. Details of how to do this can be found in the Audit of Accounts Notice 2012/13, in the Documents section.
What happens then?
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.
As well as the final audited accounts, the external auditors' report and the annual governance statement for 2012/13, you can also find copies of the accounts, the annual governance statement and the external auditors' report for 2011/12 in the Documents section. We also publish compact accounts, which give a simpler view of our financial position.
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.
We try to make the accounts meet the needs of a wide range of stakeholders, but to see how well we deliver individual services you may also want to look at the performance indicators in the Strategic Plan.