After the end of each financial year (March 31), the council is required to produce an annual statement of accounts. This sets out the financial position of the authority for that period.

The accounts are prepared in accordance with all relevant prescribed guidance, codes of practice and reporting standards. Each account contains an explanatory note covering the purpose of the account and more detailed notes explaining key items.

The annual publication and independent external audit of council finances is an important part of demonstrating how we use public money.

The Council’s external auditors (Grant Thornton UK LLP) report their findings to the Audit and Risk Management Committee, which is responsible for approving the final audited accounts. These are then published on this page and include the audit opinion.

A final certificate of completion of the audit is issued by the auditors and will be made available online when available, together with a public notice explaining the rights of local electors.

The final audit certificates for 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 are not yet available as the audit of the financial statements for these years have not yet been formally concluded by the external auditors. The delay in the issue of the certificates relates to an objection that was made to the 2015-16 financial statements and is currently being assessed by the auditors. 

Notice of appointment of auditor to Wirral 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, the Council has opted into national auditor appointment arrangements with Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA), they are now responsible for appointing the Council’s External Auditor.

The PSSA wrote to the Council to consult on the proposed appointment of Grant Thornton (UK) LLP as the External Auditor of Wirral Council from 2018-19.

The Council can now confirm that, following the completion of the consultation, Grant Thornton (UK) LLP have been appointed to audit the accounts of Wirral Council for five years, from 2018-19 to 2022-23.

This appointment is made under regulation 13 of the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015, and was approved by the PSAA Board at its meeting on 14 December 2017.

Statement of accounts