Statement of accounts
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.
We were unable to meet this deadline for the 2022/23 draft statement of accounts. The continuous resource pressures that audit firms face nationally have caused significant delays to completion of audits.
Due to these delays, post balance sheet events that were outside our control meant that additional resource was needed to complete the 2022/23 statement of accounts as we needed to restate some of the opening balances (the closing balances for the 2021/22 financial year) to reflect the post balance sheet events.
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.
We do not expected that our external auditors will be able to meet this deadline for the 2022/23 statement of accounts, as the 2021/22 audit has not started yet.
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.
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.