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.
Public Inspection of the Draft Accounts
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 related documents section for Council accounts -a guide to your rights).
The deposit dates for the 2017/18 accounts are Friday 1 June to Thursday 12 July 2018. From 1 June onwards you will be able to find in the Documents section below copies of the draft Statement of Accounts and the draft Annual Governance Statement. There is also a document called Public Inspection Notice 2017-18 (PDF 44KB) which explains the public inspection rights and how local voters can contact the council’s auditors about the draft accounts if they wish to do so.
Publication of the final audited accounts
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.
Our most recent audited accounts are the 2016/17 accounts which were authorised on 22 September 2017. The 2016/17 audit is not yet formally concluded due to an issue raised by a local elector which remains under consideration by our auditors KPMG. In the
related documents section on this page you will find copies of the 2016/17 final audited accounts, KPMG’s external audit report on them, and the council’s Annual Governance Statement for 2017.
What is available from earlier years?
As well as the most recent final audited accounts and their associated documents, you can find copies of the accounts, the annual governance statement and the external auditors' report for each year from 2012/13 onwards in the
related documents section. Copies of the final accounts from earlier years are also available on request.
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.