The Council’s statutory Statement of Accounts is prepared in accordance with the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the UK, which requires that it presents a true and fair view of the Council’s financial position.
You can download the current year and past years statements of accounts below.
CANNOCK CHASE DISTRICT COUNCIL
NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS
LOCAL AUDIT & ACCOUNTABILITY ACT 2014 (ss 26, 27, 28)
ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT REGULATIONS 2015
REGULATIONS 9, 14, 15
ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 2022
Delay to Public Inspection of Unaudited Statement of Accounts for the year
ending March 2023
Cannock Chase District Council's financial year runs from April to March and
following the end of each financial year it publishes an annual statement of accounts.
The accounts are one of the means by which the Council demonstrates its
stewardship of public money and they present the financial position of the Council as
at 31st March each year. They are produced in the format stipulated by the Chartered
Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in accordance with best
In response to the COVID19 Pandemic, the Government introduced The Accounts
and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 & 2022. These Regulations provided
authorities with additional time to prepare their accounts, given the impact of the
COVID19 virus on the availability of local authority staff (and auditors to complete the
audit process within the statutory deadlines). These Regulations applied only in
relation to annual accounts relating to the 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years.
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 require the unaudited Statement of
Accounts for the financial year ending 31st March 2023 to be made available on or
before 1 June of the financial year immediately following the end of the financial year
to which the statement relates for public inspection. This requirement was
suspended for 2020, 2021 and 2022 but has now been reinstated. This means that
for the deadline to publish the Council’s unaudited accounts has now moved from to
31st July and back to 31st May.
However, the deadline for publishing audited statements has still been moved from
31st July to 30th September (for a period of 6 years), taking effect for the 2022/23
accounts and ending once the 2027/28 accounts have been completed (under the
Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2022).
Publication of the draft unaudited Annual Statement of Accounts 2022/23 have been
delayed due to a combination of factors and will not be available from 1st June.
The Council is continuing to work to complete the Annual Accounts and will publish
the dates of its public inspection period as soon as the unaudited Statement of
Accounts 2022/23 are available.
A guide to your rights can be found at https://www.nao.org.uk/code-auditpractice/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/03/Council-accounts-a-guide-to-yourrights.
C. FORRESTER CPFA
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE - RESOURCES (S151)
PO Box 28
2020 - 21
CANNOCK CHASE DISTRICT COUNCIL
EXTERNAL AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS: YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2021
Publication of Cannock Chase District Council’s
Statement of Accounts and Audit Opinion
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 – Regulation 10, as amended by
The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021
The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 require that the audited accounts and opinion are published by 30 September 2021. As at 30 September, the Council’s external auditor, Grant Thornton UK LLP, has not yet concluded the audit.
The delay has arisen due to a combination of factors, comprising the following:
- The ongoing impact of Covid-19 on both the preparation of the accounts and the complexity of the audit and pace at which it can be completed; and
- The introduction of a new finance system, with the inherent challenges and complexities that this brings, concurrently with the preparation of the Accounts.
The Council is continuing to work closely with the audit team as they complete their work.
A set of draft accounts will be published on the Council’s website shortly. The Council will publish a final set of accounts as soon as the audit is concluded, and the Audit Report is issued.
This notice of delayed audit is being published in accordance with Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.
2018 - 19
Notice of appointment of auditor to Cannock Chase District Council from 2018/19
Under Section 8(2) of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Council must publish a notice relating to the appointment of its auditor.
For audits of the accounts from 2018/19, Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited (PSAA) is responsible for appointing an auditor to principal local government and police bodies that have chosen to opt into its national auditor appointment arrangements. Cannock Chase District Council opted into this arrangement.
At its meeting on 14 December 2017, the PSAA Board appointed Grant Thornton to audit the accounts of Cannock Chase District Council for a period of five years, for the accounts from 2018/19 to 2022/23. This appointment is made under regulation 13 of the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015.
Statement of Accounts 2017-18
2016 / 17
2015 / 16
Last Updated: 01/06/2023