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 2020-21.

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 July. The government have extended the usual deadline of 31 May, for two years only (2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years).

External audit of the accounts 

An independent auditor will conduct an audit of the draft statement. The deadline for completion of the 2021/22 audit was extended from the normal timeframe of 31 July, to be completed by 30 November.

Our auditor BDO LLP has advised us that, due to continuous resource pressures audit firms face nationally, the audit of the 2021/22 accounts is unlikely to happen before July 2023. It is likely that this delay will also impact on their ability to meet the deadline for completion of the 2022/23 statement of accounts audit.

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

The usual public inspection period required start date has also been extended for two years, to allow for later publication of the draft statement of accounts. The public inspection period must begin on or before 1 August.

Publication of the final report

Once the auditor has concluded their audit, we will publish the final statement of accounts and make the statement available for inspection. 

As of 14 December 2017, BDO LLP are acting as Chelmsford City Council's external auditors from 2018/19.

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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Last updated: 30 November 2022