Audit of accounts and budget consultation

Last Updated: 18 May 2023

Every year our accounts are checked by auditors. When we appoint new auditor we publish a 'notice of appointment'. You can see who the auditors are and how you can inspect the accounts they will audit.

You can comment on the budget and let us know your views through our budget consultations.

Annual audit of accounts

Our annual accounts must be audited by independent auditors. For accounts until 2017/18 the auditors have been appointed by Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited (PSAA). From 2018/19 the Council opted into a national process run by PSAA.  Grant Thornton (UK) LLP have been appointed for five years for the accounts from 2018/19 to 2022/23.

Budget and financial year reports

Notice of appointment of auditor to South Lakeland District Council from 2018/19

Under Section 8(2) of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Council must publish a notice relating to the appointment of its auditor.

For audits of the accounts from 2018/19, Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited (PSAA) is responsible for appointing an auditor to principal local government and police bodies if they have chosen to opt into its national auditor appointment arrangements.  South Lakeland District Council opted into this arrangement.

At its meeting on 14 December 2017, the PSAA board appointed Grant Thornton (UK) LLP to audit the accounts of South Lakeland District Council for a period of five years, for the accounts from 2018/19 to 2022/23. This appointment is made under regulation 13 of the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015. 

You can inspect the accounts to be audited, ask questions and lodge objections with the auditor.

Budget consultations

On 20th December 2019 the Cabinet considered first draft budget proposals for 2020/21 onwards. SLDC 2020/21 Draft Budget (PDF 1.8MB / 40pages)

We welcome comments and views on the proposals. Submit comments on our budget consultation online

Final budget proposals will be proposed by Cabinet on 5th February 2020 and approved by Council on 25 February 2020 when the level of Council tax for April 2020 will be determined.

Ideally comments should be submitted by the end of January for your views to be incorporated into the budget proposals but all comments received up to 21 February 2020 will be considered.

If you wish to receive a response to your comments please include your name and email address.

If you would like to ask a question or make a comment about the budget consultation process please contact us.

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