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Statement of Accounts

Audit of Accounts

Delay in conclusion and certification of completion of the audit of the accounts 2020/21

Grant Thornton UK LLP issued an unqualified opinion on the 2020/21 financial statements on 30 September 2021.

Grant Thornton UK LLP however cannot formally conclude the audit and issue an audit certificate for Somerset West and Taunton Council for the year ended 31 March 2021 in accordance with the requirements of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Code of Audit Practice until they have completed:

their work on the Authority’s arrangements for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources and issued their Auditor’s Annual Report; and

the work necessary to issue their Whole of Government Accounts (WGA) Component Assurance statement for the Authority for the year ended 31 March 2021.

Regulation 16(1) of The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 requires the Council to publish (which must include publication on its website) a statement:

  • that the audit has been concluded
  • that the statement of accounts has been published

As the audit has not yet been concluded, the Council cannot yet issue this statement. The notice of conclusion of the audit will be added alongside the delayed certificate as soon as this is issued.

Statement of Accounts

Each year the Council publishes its Statement of Accounts. This document sets out the Council's income and expenditure for the year, together with the financial position of the Council at the year-end. This shows how public money has been spent.

Each year the Statement of Accounts is formally examined by external auditors.

The Statement of Accounts for the former authorities can also be found below.

SWT Statement of Accounts

TDBC and WSC Statement of Accounts

Annual Governance Statements