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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:

Completion of Audit

The audit of the accounts for the year ending 31 March 2013 has been concluded and the Auditor's report has been received by the Council. The report is open to the inspection of any local government elector for the area of the District of Eden at the Town Hall, Penrith, Cumbria, between the hours of 9.00am and 4.30pm on Monday to Friday each week and any such local government elector may have a copy free of charge.

The Statement of Accounts, containing the audited accounts and a copy of the Auditor's Certified Report, will be open to the inspection of any local government elector from the area of the District of Eden. Any such elector may have a copy of the Statement of Accounts free of charge.

If an elector would like to view the accounts, please make an appointment with Mr Clive Howey, Financial Services Manager, telephone 01768 212213; e-mail:

The Auditor's report and the Statement of Accounts are available on the Council's web site at: Council/Council Finances/Statement of Accounts

D J Rawsthorn MA ACA CPFA
Director of Finance

Dated this 27th day of September 2013

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

Grant Thornton:

  • Contact: Ms Jackie Bellard, Engagement Lead
  • Address: 4 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3EB
  • Telephone: 0161 234 6394
  • Email:

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
  • Email: