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FAO Councillor John Williams, Lead Cabinet Member for Finance, South Cambs District

Council

and Peter Maddock, Head of Finance, South Cambs District Council

South Cambs District Council Accounts

This letter is to ask when you will be publishing your audited accounts for the Financial

Years 2018/19 and 2019/20. We are concerned to see that these are not available on your

website and there is no indication as to when they might be published.

We have viewed your website page

(https://www.scambs.gov.uk/your-council-and-democracy/performance-and-plans/councilaccounts-and-annual-governance-statement/)

With regard to the 2018/19 accounts it states they are still subject to statutory audit,

meaning they are nearly two years overdue.

And for 2019/20 it states that the deadline has been pushed to 30 November 2020. A date

that was seven months ago.

We are concerned about the lack of transparency for Council Tax payers in South

Cambridgeshire.

As you say on the web page: “We strive to be open about our finances and about letting

you know how the money is being used.”

We struggle to see how this openness is to be achieved while the accounts going back two

financial years are not available.

While we appreciate these are difficult times for all organisations, we note that all the other

five District/City Councils in Cambridgeshire along with the County Council and the

Combined Authority have published their audited accounts on their websites for those two

years. The Combined Authority has already posted its draft accounts for 2020/21. You will,

of course, also appreciate that in failing to publish audited accounts by 31 st July of the end

of each of financial years 2018/19 and 2019/20, you are in breach of the requirements of the

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.

Peterborough Council was late in publishing their audited accounts for 2019/20, achieving

this only on 21 st June this year. However, throughout the delay there was a clear statement

about this on their website and the draft accounts were posted for any interested party to

view.

We believe that the draft accounts should be made available on your website now. And

there should be an update to the residents of South Cambs District as to when you

anticipate that the fully audited statements will be available.

Please will you advise when this information will be available to local residents and other

interested parties in South Cambridgeshire? Local residents are concerned to know that

their money is being spent wisely.

With kind regards


Elizabeth McWilliams

Local Government Spokesperson for South East Cambridgeshire Constituency Labour

Party.

Background information. Links to all councils accounts

Cambridge City Council https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/statement-of-accounts

Cambridgeshire County Council

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/council/finance-and-budget/statement-of-accounts

Combined Authority

https://cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/documents/finance/sta

tement-of-accounts/2019/Cambs-Pboro-CA-Final-Statement-of-Accounts-2018-2019.pdf

https://cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/documents/finance/sta

tement-of-accounts/Latest-Final-Statement-of-Accounts.pdf

https://mk0cpcamainsitehdbtm.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/documents/finance/sta

tement-of-accounts/2021/Draft-Statement-of-Accounts-2020-2021.pdf

East Cambs Council https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/finance/council-accounts

Fenland Council https://www.fenland.gov.uk/article/14609/Previous-financial-years

Huntingdonshire District Council

https://www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/council-democracy/council-open-data-and-informatio

n/budget-and-spending/finance-document-archive/

Peterborough City Council

https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/council/budgets-spending-and-performance/our-fi

nances#statement-of-accounts-10-0

South Cambridgeshire District Council

https://www.scambs.gov.uk/your-council-and-democracy/performance-and-plans/councilaccounts-and-annual-governance-statement/

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 -

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/2/contents/enacted

Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 -

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/234/contents/made

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