Notice of inspection of accounts 2017/18

The council's 2017/18 accounts will be published on this website on 31 May 2018. They will be available for public inspection from Friday 01 June to Thursday 12 July 2018.

Did you know?

As a local resident you have legal rights which let you inspect your council's accounts and related documents. A guide to your rights has been published by the National Audit Office.

The following documents will be made available:

  • The Statement of Accounts
  • The Annual Governance Statement
  • The Narrative Report

The accounts are currently being audited and may be subject to change. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process as detailed below.

Notice is hereby given under Regulation 15(2) (b) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 that from Friday 1st June to Thursday 12 July 2018, any local government elector for the area may inspect and make copies of the accounts and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other related documents of the council for the year ended 31st March 2018, as stipulated in Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

They must contact the city council either by emailing finance@lancaster.gov.uk, or by telephoning 01524 582140 between the hours of 10am to 4pm on any working day. Notice of at least three working days is required, but for any particularly complex or onerous requests, electors are advised to consider the legal provisions regarding the reasonableness of any request and the time limitations regarding public inspection. The council reserves the right to refuse requests, if they cannot reasonably be met within the public inspection period.

During this period, a local government elector for any area to which the accounts relate, or their representative, may question the auditor about the accounts, or make an objection to the accounts as set out in sections 26 and 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Any objection, and the grounds on which it is made, must be sent to the auditor in writing, with a copy to the Chief Officer (Resources) at the address below. Any objection must state the grounds on which the objection is being made and particulars of:

  1. any item of account which is alleged to be contrary to law, and
  2. any matter in respect of which it is proposed that the auditor could make a public interest report under section 24 of, and paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 to, the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Any questions and notice of objections should be addressed to Tim Cutler, KPMG LLP, 1 St Peter’s Square Manchester, M2 3AE.

Nadine Muschamp CPFA
Chief Officer (Resources) and Section 151 Officer
Town Hall
Dalton Square
Lancaster
LA1 1PJ

Last updated: 31 May 2018