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Audit Committee
18 September 2012
Agenda Item No______7______
This report presents the Statement of Accounts for
2011/12 for review by the Audit Committee prior to
recommendation to Full Council for approval. The
outturn position for the year was reported to Members in
June and has been used to inform the production of the
statutory annual accounts for 2011/12.
The Statement of Accounts for 2011/12 has been
produced in accordance with the Code of Practice on
Local Authority Accounting. The draft accounts were
produced by 30 June 2012 and since then have been
subject to external audit review.
Members are asked to consider and review the
Statement of Accounts for 2011/12 and recommend
their approval to Full Council.
Contact Officer
Karen Sly, 01263 516243,
[email protected]
2011/12 Statement of Accounts
The Council’s statement of accounts must be produced and audited by 30 September
each year.
The Outturn report for 2011/12 was presented to Cabinet and Overview and Scrutiny in
June 2012. That report provided details of the variances on the revenue account in
expenditure and income compared with the revised budget and where a number of
underspends had been earmarked at the year end for ongoing and new commitments for
which there was no budget provision in 2012/13. The report also detailed the year end
position in respect of the capital programme and the updated capital programme for
2012/13 onwards.
The Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom 2011/12 (the
Code) prescribes the form of the statutory accounts to be presented and published.
Consequently the format is very prescriptive and areas of non compliance are reported
by the External Auditors as part of their audit of the accounts (ISA 260 report also
included on this agenda). Whereas the outturn report to Cabinet and Overview and
Scrutiny provides information on the actual expenditure and income compared to
budget, the statement of accounts shows the financial position of the Council and
transactions in the year compared to the previous financial year.
There have been minimal changes to the reporting requirements within the accounts
compared to the previous year in terms of reporting requirements, changes are detailed
within section 3 of the explanatory foreword.
Audit Committee
18 September 2012
Since the production of the draft accounts by 30 June 2012 they have been subject to
external audit review for which the auditors report (ISA 260) is included as a separate
item on this agenda.
Statement of Accounts
A copy of the financial statements has been provided to members as an attachment to
this agenda. It is an audited version and has been updated for recommendations made
by the auditors. The final external audit review process is yet to be finalised and whilst
there are not expected to be any significant changes to the accounts now presented, any
changes will be reported verbally at the meeting.
The main focus of Members should be on the financial statements i.e:
The Movement in Reserves Statement
Comprehensive Income and Expenditure Account
Balance Sheet
Cash Flow Statement
Collection Fund.
Each of the statements are supported by a number of notes to the accounts. Other key
areas to consider at the end of the financial year are the level of reserves, both
earmarked and general balances. All balances will be reviewed as part of the update to
the revised Medium Term Financial Plan and forthcoming budget process.
The Final version of the Statement of Accounts for 2011/12 is presented to the Audit
Committee for review prior to recommendation to Full Council for approval. The
statements have been produced based on the information contained in the outturn report
for 2011/12 as reported in June 2012 and in accordance with statutory guidance.