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Annual accounts

Your rights to inspect, question and object to councils' accounts.

Your rights to inspect the accounts are set out in Sections 14, 15 and 16 of the Audit Commission Act 1998. The detailed regulations that set out how you can use these rights are in the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2003.

Under the Audit Commission Act 1998 any persons interested may inspect the accounts to be audited and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to them and make copies of all or any part of the accounts and those other documents.

The accounts must be placed on deposit for a period of 20 working days (four weeks) to allow any persons the opportunity to exercise these rights. The council is required to advertise on their websites and in a local newspaper giving the dates, times and places where the public can see and copy documents at least 14 days before they are placed on deposit.

You do not have the right to inspect and copy documents that contain personal information, including personal information about a member of staff. This means that details of payments or other benefits that a council employee receives will be confidential.

Once you have inspected the accounts you have the right to question the auditor and to object to the accounts.

  • Christchurch Accounts

    The statement of accounts shows the financial performance of Christchurch Borough Council and details our finances. Our accounts are prepared in accordance with CIPFA/LASAAC Code of Practice on local authority accounting in the United Kingdom as required by regulation 8 of the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015.

  • Dorset County Council accounts

    The annual accounts shows the financial performance of Dorset County Council and details of our finances. Our accounts are prepared in accordance with the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting.

  • East Dorset accounts

    The statement of accounts shows the financial performance of East Dorset District Council and details our finances. Our accounts are prepared in accordance with CIPFA/LASAAC Code of Practice on local authority accounting in the United Kingdom as required by regulation 8 of the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015.

  • North Dorset accounts

    The Statement of Accounts shows the financial performance of North Dorset District Council and details our finances. Our accounts are prepared in accordance with the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting.

  • Purbeck District Council accounts

    View the audited annual accounts of Purbeck District Council.

  • West Dorset accounts

    The Statement of Accounts shows the financial performance of West Dorset District Council and details our finances. Our accounts are prepared in accordance with CIPFA/LASAAC Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom as required by regulation 8 of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.

  • Weymouth and Portland Borough Council accounts

    The Statement of Accounts shows the financial performance of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and details our finances. Our accounts are prepared in accordance with CIPFA/LASAAC Code of Practice on local authority accounting in the United Kingdom as required by regulation 8 of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.

  • Questioning the auditor

    The council's accounts are audited by an independent person, the External Auditor.

  • Objecting to the accounts

    People who are entitled to vote in local council elections for the area may object to the accounts if they think that the auditor should apply to the High Court to confirm that an item in the accounts is unlawful or make a report 'in the public interest' on a matter that they think the council should consider or tell the public about.

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