Finance Notices of Public Rights

AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS 2019/20

Each year the Council’s statement of accounts are audited and any interested person may:

  1. inspect the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records; and
  2. make copies of all or any part of those records or documents.

The public inspection would normally take place between June and July. The Coronavirus pandemic, however, resulted in Government issuing amended Accounts and Audit Regulations 2020 which included an extension to the accounts preparation timescales. The link to the legislation is below:

For the year ended 31st March 2020 we will endeavour to supply all information electronically for inspection. Should a person not be able to access documents electronically, provision will be made for inspection at the Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham from 9.00am to 4.30pm on weekdays between Thursday 6th August 2020 and Thursday 17th September 2020 inclusive.

Please telephone 01323 443231 or email: jennie.barnes@wealden.gov.uk to make an appointment. Any inspection/appointment that occurs at the Council Offices will be required to adhere to the latest social distancing guidelines and it is expected that members of the public will comply with these while inspecting the accounts.

A person may also receive copies of the accounts and documents, although multiple copies will be charged for. Please note that with social distancing requirements due to COVID-19, there may be delays accessing physical copies of certain documents requested.

The draft Statement of Accounts which includes the draft Annual Governance Statement and is subject to audit, will be available to view or download from the Council’s website:

Local Government Electors and their representatives also have:

(i)  the opportunity to question the auditor about the accounting records, who may be contacted between Thursday 6th August 2020 and Thursday 17th September 2020 inclusive (see contact email address below).

(ii)  the right to make objections to the accounts or any items in them during the period Thursday 6th August 2020 and Thursday 17th September 2020 inclusive. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Council.

The audit is being carried out by Darren Wells, Grant Thornton UK LLP, 110 Bishopsgate,  London EC2N 4AY (for questions direct emails to the Audit Manager Andrew Conlan, email: andy.n.conlan@uk.gt.com) and will be conducted under the provisions of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus)(Amendment) Regulations 2020.

Laurence Woolven

Head of Finance

August 2020

Audit of Accounts 2018/19

Each year the Council’s accounts are audited and any interested person may:

  • inspect the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records; and>
  • make copies of all or any part of those records or documents.

For the year ended 31st March 2019 these documents will be available by appointment at the Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham from 9.00am to 4.30pm on weekdays between Tuesday 23rd July 2018 and Wednesday 4th September 2019 inclusive. Please telephone 01323 443234 to make an appointment.

The draft Statement of Accounts which includes the draft Annual Governance Statement and is subject to audit, will be available to view or download from our website.

Local Government Electors and their representatives also have:

(i) the opportunity to question the auditor about the accounting records, who may be contacted at the London Office (address below) between Tuesday 23rd July 2018 and Wednesday 4th September 2019 inclusive.

(ii) the right to make objections to the accounts or any items in them during the period Tuesday 23rd July 2018 and Wednesday 4th September 2019 inclusive. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Council.

The audit is being carried out by Darren Wells, Grant Thornton UK LLP, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY and will be conducted under the provisions of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

Trevor Scott
Chief Executive
July 2019

Audit of Accounts 2017/18
Notice of Conclusion of Audit

In accordance with Regulation 16 of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, notice is hereby given that the audit of Wealden District Council’s Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 has been concluded and the Statement of Accounts has been published.

Under Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, any interested local government elector may inspect and make copies of the statement of accounts, the auditor’s certificate and opinion on the statement of accounts, and any public interest report or recommendation relating to the Council.

Access to the documents referred to above is available by any of the following methods:

  • Request a printed copy by writing to: Chief Finance Officer, Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham BN27 2AX
  • Any interested local government elector may inspect the statement of accounts during the hours of 8.30am to 5pm at the Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham BN27 2AX

Charles F Lant
Chief Executive
30 July 2018

Local Audit & Accountability Act 2014 – Notice of appointment of external auditor

Notice is given that Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited has appointed Grant Thornton (UK) LLP to audit the accounts of Wealden District Council for five years, for the accounts from 2018/19 to 2022/23.

This appointment is made under regulation 13 of the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015, and was approved by the PSAA Board at its meeting on 14 December 2017.

Charles F Lant
Chief Executive
24 January 2018