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Statement of Accounts

Introduction to our accounts

We must prepare an Annual Statement of Accounts. The purpose of the published statement of accounts is to give electors, local taxpayers, members of the Council and other interested parties clear information about the Council's finances.

The statements summarise:

The format of the accounts is prescribed by the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom.

Statement of Accounts - your rights

A guide to your rights can be found on the National Audit Office website.

Annual Financial Report

The Council has now prepared its draft Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 and the formal notice of Public Rights to Inspect the Accounts effective from 1 July 2020 to 11 August is below.

The notice gives details of a period during which you may look at the accounts and the supporting documentation.

You can download the draft Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 (PDF 3MB)

You can download the draft Summary of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 (PDF 127kb).

The fully audited accounts for previous years can be found on our Previous years accounts page.

Audit of Accounts Ended 31 March 2020 Notice of Public Rights

NOTICE is given that the unaudited statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been published. This statement of accounts may be subject to change.

NOTICE is given that from 1 July to 11 August 2020 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, any person interested may inspect the accounts of the Council for the year ended 31 March 2020 on the Council’s website.  On reasonable notice they may request access to all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts, except as provided for in Section 26(4) to 26(6) of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 in relation to commercially confidential and personal information. Application should be made initially at the email address finance@swale.gov.uk.

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 Financial Officer, Swale Borough Council, Swale House, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3HT.  Any objection must state the grounds on which the objection is being made and particulars of: 

i) any item of account which is alleged to be contrary to law; and

ii) 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.

Objections should be addressed to the auditor either by email to  Darren.J.Wells@uk.gt.com or by post to Grant Thornton UK LLP, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY. 

Nick Vickers

Chief Financial Officer 

Previous years accounts

View previous years Statement of Accounts.

Previous years accounts

View previous years Statement of Accounts.
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