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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: Audit Findings Report 2016-2017 (PDF: 826Kb / 49 pages)

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

Audit of accounts year ended 31 March 2017

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:

  1. the statement of accounts prepared by the authority,
  2. the local auditor’s certificate that the audit of the authority’s accounts including that statement has been completed,
  3. the auditor’s opinion on the statement of accounts,

The documents referred to above will be available for inspection at Town Hall, Penrith, CA11 7QF by prior arrangement. Please telephone 01768 817817 to make an appointment. The documents will also be available at Copies of the above documents will be supplied to electors on request.

Clive Howey CPFA
Director of Finance
22 September 2017

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 Annual Audit Letter 2017 (PDF 697Kb / 15 pages)

Statement of Accounts

Statement of Accounts 2016-2017 (PDF: 1.55Mb / 87 pages)

Objections from residents

Residents can object to the accounts on certain grounds.

For details, contact Grant Thornton our external auditor, or see Council Accounts: A Guide to Your Rights on the National Audit Office website.