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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 2019/20 - COVID-19 UPDATE
The draft Statement of Accounts for 2019/20 was originally due to be published by the 31st May 2020, with a period of public inspection following that date. However, due to the current Coronavirus crisis, the publication date for the draft Statement of Accounts, and the ensuing public inspection period, has been delayed by Government.
The new deadline for the publication of the draft Statement of Accounts is 31st August 2020; St. Helens Council will publish the draft Statement of Accounts by this date and will provide notification on the website of the public inspection period that will follow.

At the end of every financial year, for a specific period the accounts of St Helens Council 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.

The draft Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 was available for inspection between 3 June 2019 and 12 July 2019 inclusive.

At the end of every financial year the Council is required to produce an Annual Statement of Accounts that sets out the financial position of the Authority 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 Related Documents.

The Council's 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 the council has proper arrangements in place for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the use of its resources.  

This report can be found under Related Documents.

The Council's 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 Related Documents.

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