The Statement of Accounts shows the financial performance of activities by the Borough of Poole and details our finances. They are prepared in accordance with the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting.
There is also information on job titles, salaries and expenses of senior council officers.
Public Inspection of Accounts.
There is 4-week period of inspection prior to the completion of the audit. This period is always advertised in the Echo and the Advertiser. During the inspection period any member of the electorate may inspect and make copies of the accounts and the related books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts. Written objections to the accounts must be made to the Audit Commission (Copied also to the Head of Finance).
The Audit is completed and the audit opinion issued within 3 months after the Statement of Accounts is approved by the Head of Finance. The Audit Commission formally notify the authority that the audit is complete, and during the following month, a further advertisement placed disclosing the completion of the audit. Following receipt of the audit certificate, the audited Statement of Accounts is available on the council website.
It is statutory requirement for the Statement of Accounts to be signed by the Head of Finance by 30 June and approved by the Audit Committee before 30 September. The Statement of Accounts is published when the audit is complete, or no later than 30 September.