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External Audit

It is a legal requirement that we must have an external auditor. All local authorities have an external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Our external auditor is Grant Thornton. A local authority's external auditor has two main roles. Firstly, it audits the annual accounts and secondly, it considers issues raised by local residents and, if warranted, takes action.

Audit of Annual Accounts

The auditor issues an annual report on the accounts. The last report can be found here:

We have to announce the start and completion of audits. The latest announcement is:

Eden District Council Audit of Accounts Year Ended 31 March 2016

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Notice is hereby given under Regulation 16(1) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 that the auditor has concluded their audit of the Statement of Accounts, which has been published.

A local government elector for any area to which the accounts relate may inspect and make copies of:

  • the Statement of Accounts prepared by the Authority;
  • the local auditor's certificate that the audit of the Authority's accounts, including that statement, has been completed;
  • the auditor's opinion on the Statement of Accounts
  • any recommendation relating to the Authority, or an entity connected with it.

The documents referred to above will be available for inspection at Eden District Council, Town Hall, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7QF by prior arrangement. Please telephone 01768 212213 to make an appointment. Copies of the above documents will be supplied to electors free of charge.

Annual Audit Letter

Our external auditors also produce an Annual Audit Letter which is presented to us. This covers a wider range of issues than just the accounts. The last report can be found here:

Statement of Accounts

View our Statement of Accounts 2015-2016 (PDF: 1.26Mb/ 86 pages)

Objections from Residents

Residents can object to the accounts on certain grounds. For details, contact our external auditor, Grant Thornton (see below for contact details) or see Council Accounts: A Guide to Your Rights on the National Audit Office website.

For further information please contact:

Grant Thornton:

  • Contact: Gareth Kelly, Engagement Lead
  • Email: gareth.kelly@uk.gt.com
  • Telephone: 0141 223 0891
  • Address: 110 Queen Street, Glasgow G1 3BX

Our Contact Details:

  • Contact: Director of Finance
  • Email: dof@eden.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 01768 817817
  • Address: Eden District Council, Town Hall, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7QF

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