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.

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 30 working days to allow any persons the opportunity to exercise these rights.  The council is required to advertise on their website 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.

Dorset Council notice of accounts


External Audit of the 2020/21 Statement of Accounts

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

Public notice of accounts for 2020-21.

Draft accounts 2020-21.

If you would like this document in a different format, please contact the Head of Strategic Finance, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ corporatefinance@dorsetcc.gov.uk 

External Audit of the 2019/20 Statement of Accounts

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

2019/20 Financial Statements

If you would like this document in a different format, please contact the Head of Strategic Finance, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ corporatefinance@dorsetcc.gov.uk.

Former council annual accounts

Shadow Dorset Council Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) 2018-19 - Declaration of No Accounts

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