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Financial information

Accountancy & Exchequer service is a section in the Finance Division of St.Helens Council.

There are two broad roles undertaken by the Accountancy function:-

  1. Support - the provision of sound financial advice to ensure that financial resources available are maximised and optimised.
  2. Regulation & Control - to set and maintain standards of financial administration that enable the implementation of the councils statutory duties.

Two of the main tasks undertaken are the formulation of budgets and the preparation of the Annual Accounts.

Further details about these tasks can be found in the Council Budgets and Annual Accounts sections.

This Financial Plan aims to support the Council's corporate planning process. This is accomplished by identifying the financial resources available to support the delivery of its key priorities together with the strategy for allocating these resources over future years.  During this process, any major financial resource issues the Council faces will also be highlighted.

The Council Tax Leaflet explains how the Council Tax is calculated and its relationship with the overall Council budget.

The Constitution sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable. The rules governing the Council's financial affairs (Article 14) can be found under Useful Links. 

Every quarter a report detailing the latest revenue and capital budgets position is submitted to members for consideration.  This report also details the position with regard to council reserves and balances.