Council spending and finances

How the Council spends money

Explore our statement of accounts, credit ratings, capital programmes and other aspects of how we spend money.

The Council has approved the budget which sets out its approach to revenue budgeting, council tax and the capital programme. Read more on our business planning pages.

The Council received the highest rating of 'excellent' for the latest (2008) annual Audit Commission assessment on its use of resources. This covers financial reporting, financial management, financial standing, internal control and value for money.

We are also committed to transparency in all our financial dealings. The following links set out all accounts and reports in full, however for specific information about individual transactions, salaries and members allowances, please see the Transparency and Open Data page.

The Finance Information Systems and Property Department is responsible for setting standards and co-ordinating all financial activities within the Council, supported by the Group Finance teams within each Business Group.

Statement of Accounts

Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process. Please read the Notice of Public Rights for more information.



 Annual Audit Letters


Capital Programmes

Revenue Budgets

Standards and Poor's credit rating reports


How we spent your money reports

Pension Fund Report and Accounts

The activities and accounts of the pension fund:


Pension Fund Investment Strategy Statement 2020


Council efficiency plans

Last updated: 6 July 2021