From tomorrow, Monday 4 July, members of the public can ask to inspect the council’s accounts and relevant supporting documentation.
We are committed to increasing transparency at the council and we have already been publishing items of spend over £500 on our website since January this year.
The public inspection of accounts is another more formal way for local authorities to be transparent and is governed through statutory procedures giving people ‘rights to inspect councils’ accounts on an annual basis.
Each year by law, Councils have to make their accounts available to the public to allow them to inspect them. The period of “Ëœpublic inspection of accounts’ lasts for 20 working days and closes on Friday 29 July.
I would encourage any person who has a question about our accounts to contact Peter Bates – assistant head, financial services on 01782 232736 to arrange their individual inspection. It really is a valuable way for people to question or understand better the workings of the city council and our accounts. Where possible, it would be helpful to ring Peter Bates in advance with details of your area of interest so that your request can be dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Members of the public also have a separate right to question the appointed auditor, Mark Stocks ““ District Auditor (tel. 0845 053 5524) about the accounts from August 1 2011 until completion of the audit.