Financial year
2017/18
Annual account detail

The published accounts for Warwickshire County Council consist of the County Council’s Statement of Accounts and the accounts of the Warwickshire Pension Fund, along with the Annual Governance Statement. They have been audited by our external auditors, Grant Thornton LLP and approved by Council on 26 July 2018.

The Accounts have received an unqualified audit opinion on 27 July 2018. On the same date the external auditors also issued an unqualified conclusion on the Council’s arrangements for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources as required by the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the National Audit Office’s Code of Practice and supporting guidance.

A notice of completion of the audit cannot be issued by our external auditors at this time until items identified in their audit opinion in the attached Statement of Accounts are finalised. At that time we will also publish that notice.

In accordance with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 the Statement of Accounts 2017-2018 includes a narrative report which includes commentary on the authority’s financial performance and economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the use of its resources over the financial year.

The Annual Audit Letter from our external auditors, Grant Thornton LLP, was reported to the audit and standards committee on 29 November 2018 and is available to view.

Details of the spending of each service group which makes up the authority’s spending in these accounts can be found in the One Organisational Plan Year End Progress Report that was considered by Cabinet on 14 June 2018.

The draft accounts were open to public inspection from 1 June 2018 to 12 July 2018 as per the details below for Warwickshire County Council and the Warwickshire County Council Pension Fund.

WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL AND WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PENSION FUND

AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS 2017/2018 – NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015 The Accounts of Warwickshire County Council and The Warwickshire County Council Pension Fund are subject to audit by Grant Thornton, of Colmore Plaza, 20 Colmore Circus, Birmingham, B4 6AT (Engagement Lead, Mr Grant Patterson: Telephone 0121 212 4000).

Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process in accordance with the regulations above. These accounts will be available for public inspection for thirty full working days from Friday 1 June 2018 to Thursday 12 July 2018 inclusive during normal office hours (9am-5pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 9am-4pm Fridays) when copies of all or part of any of the accounts and other documents mentioned may be made including all the books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to them.

These rights do not permit a person to require disclosure of personal or certain commercially sensitive information as defined in Section 26 of The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. These will be available for inspection at the office at which they are normally kept, or otherwise by arrangement. Application should be made initially to John Betts, Head of Finance, Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4RL (Telephone 01926 412441). During the inspection period 9am on 1 June 2018 to 5pm on 12 July 2018, at the request of a local government elector for the area of the Council, the local auditor must give the elector or any representative of the elector, an opportunity to question the auditors about the accounting records of the Council.

Please contact the auditor at the address in paragraph 1 above to make arrangement to ask any questions. During the inspection period 9am on 1 June 2018 to 5pm on 12 July 2018, a local government elector for the area of the Council or his/ her representative may object to the Council’s accounts asking that the auditor issue a report in the public interest or apply for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful under Section 28 of The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Written notice of the proposed objection and the grounds on which it will be made must be sent to the auditor at the address given above and also copied to the Council at the address given below.

Dated this 31 May 2018
John Betts, David Carter and Monica Fogarty
Head of Finance. Joint Managing Directors
Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire County Council Pension Fund
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL

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