We have to publish a statement of accounts annually, for each financial year. 

The preparation and publication of the statement has to follow statutory requirements and timescales.

We have posted a late publication notice for 2022-23.

Draft statement of accounts 

Following the end of our financial year on 31 March, we will publish a draft of the statement of accounts. We are required to do so by 31 May.

External audit of the accounts 

An independent auditor will conduct an audit of the draft statement. The deadline for completion of the audit for years 2022/23 to 2027/28 was extended from the normal timeframe of 31 July, to be completed by 30 September.

Our auditors were not able to start the 2021/22 and 2022/23 audits. This was due to continued delays in the audit, caused by resource pressures that the audit firms face nationally and so they remain outstanding.

The government have proposed further extensions to audited accounts publication dates, to allow a phased clearing of the backlog the outstanding audits. However, these proposals are still subject to legislative approval.

Public inspection of the accounts 

There will be a period of public inspection following publication of the draft statement of accounts when members of the public could apply to: 

  • inspect and make copies of the accounts and documents 
  • ask the auditor questions about the accounts

Publication of the final report

Once the auditor has concluded their audit, we will make the statement available for inspection. 

Our auditors for 2021/22 and 2022/23 outstanding audits are BDO LLP. From 2023/24, Ernst and Young are acting as Chelmsford City Council's external auditors.

Download the documents

You can download and view our annual reports and statements of accounts.

If you are unable to download these documents or want us to make copies for you, you can contact us.

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