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Annual accounts

The annual publication and independent external audit of the Statement of Accounts is an important part of demonstrating how the Council uses public money. There are a number of documents that are relevant to the production and audit of the Annual Accounts detailed below.

Statement of Accounts 2021/22

In accordance with statutory deadlines, revised in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council produced a draft Statement of Accounts for 2021/22 on 29 July 2022.

Notice of Public Rights

At the end of every financial year, for a specific period our accounts are available to the public for inspection and/or copying. The public may also exercise their right to question the external auditor on matters contained within the Statement of Accounts.

In accordance with the Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021, the public inspection period for the Statement of Accounts 2021-2022 (subject to audit) began on 1 August 2022 and will finish on 9 September 2022.

Statement of Accounts

At the end of every financial year, we are required to produce an Annual Statement of Accounts that sets out our financial position for that period.

The accounts are prepared in accordance with all relevant prescribed guidance, Codes of Practice and Reporting Standards. Each account contains an explanatory note covering the purpose of the account and more detailed notes explaining key items.

The Statement of Accounts can be found under 'Downloads'.

Audit Findings Report

Our external auditors are required to give an opinion on whether the financial statements present fairly the financial position of the council, including income and expenditure for the year. This report also concludes whether the auditors are satisfied that we have proper arrangements in place for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the use of our resources.  

This report can be found under 'Downloads'.

Annual Audit Letter

Our external auditors produce an annual letter for members summarising their conclusions from reviews undertaken during the year and the audit of the Statement of Accounts.

In accordance with requirements, an Audit Completion Notice is published and a copy can be found under 'Downloads'.

Auditor Appointment

In accordance with the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, St Helens Borough Council confirms that it has appointed Grant Thornton as its Auditor, for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2023, following advice regarding the selection and appointment received from the Public Sector Audit Appointments organisation.