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 reports for the last three years can be found here:
We also have to announce the start and completion of audits. The latest announcements are:
Notice of Completion of Audit for the Year Ending 31 March 2012
The audit of the accounts for the year ending 31 March 2012 has been concluded and the Statement of Accounts is available for inspection at the Town Hall, Penrith, and on the Council's website at www.eden.gov.uk/Your Council/Council Finances/Statement of Accounts.
As required by Section 14 of the Audit Commission Act 1988, the Statement of Accounts can be inspected by local government electors, who may make a copy of it.
Dated this 28th day of September 2012
Annual Audit Letter
The Audit Commission also produce an Annual Audit Letter which is presented to the Council. This covers a wider range of issues than just the accounts. Reports for the last three years can be found below:
Statement of Accounts
View our Statement of Accounts
Objections from Residents
Querying Council Accounts: The Audit Commission's website gives details of the grounds that residents can object on and what the response a local authority's external auditor would be.
For further information
Contact: Ms Jackie Bellard, Engagement Lead
Address: 4 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3EB
Telephone: 0161 234 6394
Our Contact Details:
Contact: David Rawsthorn, MA ACA CPFA, Director of Finance
Address: Eden District Council, Town Hall, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7QF
Telephone: 01768 817817