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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. Our 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.

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

Notice of Audit of Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2020

Eden District Council

Notice of Public Rights
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Notice is hereby given under Regulation 15(2)(b) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, that from Monday, 21 September 2020, up to and including Friday, 30 October 2020, between 10.00am and 4.45pm on weekdays, any person may inspect, and make copies of the accounts and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other related documents of the Council for the year ended 31 March 2020, as stipulated in Sections 25 and 26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. The accounts and other documents will be available for inspection at the Town Hall, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7QF by prior arrangement. Please telephone 01768 817817 to make an appointment.

You can view the Statement of Accounts here.

During this period, a local government elector for any area to which the accounts relate, or their representative, may question the Auditor about the accounts, or make an objection to the accounts, as set out in sections 26 and 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Any objection, and the grounds on which it is made, must be sent to the Auditor, in writing, with a copy to the Interim Director of Corporate Services, Eden District Council, at the address below. Any objection must state the grounds on which the objection is being made and particulars of:

  1. Any item of account which is alleged to be contrary to law; and
  2. Any matter in respect of which it is proposed that the auditor could make a public interest report under section 24 of, and paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 to, the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

You should address objections to The Auditor, Grant Thornton UK LLP, 7th Floor, Civic Centre, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8QG.

'Local authority accounts - a guide to your rights' can be found here.

Dated this 18th day of September 2020

Paul Sutton
Interim Director of Corporate Services

Annual Audit Letter

Our external auditor produces an Annual Audit Letter. This covers a wider range of issues than just the accounts.

Read the Annual Audit Letter 2019 (PDF 288Kb / 18 pages)

Statement of Accounts

Unaudited Statement of Accounts 2019-2020 (PDF: 1.79Mb / 85 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.

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