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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 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 Audit

Audit of accounts for the year ended

31 March 2015

Audit Commission Act 1998, Sections 15 and 16; Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011, Regulations 9, 10, 21, 22 and 24

Our accounts are subject to external audit by Ms Jackie Bellard, Director, Grant Thornton, 4 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process:

  • From Monday, 6 July 2015, to Friday, 31 July 2015, between 10.00am and 4.45pm, any person may inspect our accounts for the year ended 31 March 2015 and certain related documents (comprising books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts) at the address given below. They may also make copies of the accounts and documents.

  • From 10.00am on Monday, 3 August 2015, until the conclusion of the audit process, a local government elector for our area, or his or her representative, may exercise their rights under sections 15 and 16 of the Audit Commission Act 1998 to question the auditor about, or make objections to the accounts, for the year ended 31 March 2015.

  • From 10.00am on Monday, 3 August 2015, until the conclusion of the audit process, a local government elector for our area, or his/her representative, may object to our accounts, asking that the auditor issue a report in the public interest (under Section 8 of the Audit Commission Act 1998) and/or apply to the court for a declaration that an item in the accounts is contrary to law (under Section 17 of the Audit Commission Act 1998). Written notice of a proposed objection and the grounds on which it is made must be sent to the auditor at the address given above and copied to me at the address given below.

D J Rawsthorn, MA CPFA

Director of Finance

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. Reports for the last three years can be found here:

Statement of accounts

View our Draft Statement of Accounts 2014-2015 (PDF: 1.58Mb/ 80 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 (National Audit Office website).

For further information please contact:

Grant Thornton:

  • Contact: Ms Jackie Bellard, Director
  • Address: 4 Hardman Square, Manchester M3 3EB
  • Telephone: 0161 234 6394
  • Email: Jackie.Bellard@uk.gt.com

Our Contact Details:

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

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