Information on our Statement of Accounts, budget book, our investments and our financial strategies.

Audit of accounts for year ended 31 March 2022

Each year the council's accounts are audited externally.

The appointed auditor for the year ended 31 March 2022 is Maria Grindley of Ernst and Young LLP, Apex Plaza, Forbury Road, Reading, RG1 1YE.

View our Draft statement of accounts 2021-22.

The Council's external auditors, EY LLP, have issued a letter to the Chair of the Corporate Governance, Audit and Standards Committee outlining the reasons for the delay in issuing an audit opinion.

Audit of accounts for year ended 31 March 2021

The appointed auditor for the year ended 31 March 2021 was Maria Grindley of Ernst and Young LLP, Apex Plaza, Forbury Road, Reading, RG1 1YE.

View our Draft statement of accounts 2020-21.

Rights to inspect our accounts and audit progress

From Monday 2 August to Monday 13 September, you can ask to inspect and copy the statement of accounts, our accounting records and certain related documents for the year ended 31 March 2021. You will not be able to inspect or copy documents that contain personal information about members of staff or information that is protected on the grounds of confidentiality.

In addition, you can question our external auditor about the accounting records or object to any aspects of the accounts.

You can find more details of how to do this in our Notice of Public Inspection 2020-21.

Audit progress 

2019/20 Statement of Accounts 

The external audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 has not yet been completed by our external auditors, EY LLP, due to a delay in signing the audit opinion for 2018/19. 

This situation is allowed for by Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, as amended by the Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus)(Amendment) Regulations 2020 No.404.

The notification explains, as per Regulation 10 paragraph (2a), that we are not yet able to publish our audited 2019/20 final statement of accounts in line with publication date of 30 November 2020, as per paragraph (1). 

The Corporate Governance, Audit and Standards Committee will consider the final results of the 2019/20 audit. After this, we will publish the final audited accounts.

View our Draft statement of accounts 2019-20.

Statement of accounts for earlier years (audited)

Budget book

The budget book is a financial statement of our policies and objectives for the forthcoming year. It provides detailed proposals on the 'General fund revenue budget and capital programme' and makes recommendations on the council tax level.

2021-22 Budget Book- Details of the controllable costs of each cost centre, along with a description of what each cost centre does

Revenue and Capital Budget 2021/22 - Details of our strategy and approach, as well as recommendations on the setting of the 2020/21 budget and council tax levels

Previous budget books

Annual capital management strategy 2020-2021 and prudential indicators for capital finance

The Capital Strategy 2020-21 covers the council's capital strategy and prudential indicators, which is supported by Treasury Management Strategy and Non-Treasury Management Investment Strategy 2020-21.

Efficiency plan 2016/17 to 2019/20

On 10 March 2016, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government wrote to us, setting out the conditions for the offer of a multi-year settlement. To allow us to take up this offer, we are required to produce an efficiency plan, which is locally-owned and driven. Our plan is set out below:

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