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Finance

1. Draft statement of accounts 2018/19

The audit opinion for the Buckinghamshire County Council’s 2018/19 Statement of Accounts has not been issued as at 31st July 2019 by the council’s external auditors, Grant Thornton.

The council has a responsibility under the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 to publish the statement of accounts and, if the audit opinion is not yet available, publish an explanation of why the audited accounts are not available by 31st July 2019.

The audit opinion is not yet available because of a combination of factors, including the McCloud legal case, which had a knock on impact to many parts of the accounts and required additional audit work. The additional work on this matter impacted the progress of the audit on other areas, due to the additional time commitment required.

Also, in April the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), who now regulate public sector audit, made clear their increased expectations of audit work expected on Pensions and PPE accounting entries. This has increased the volume of work that Grant Thornton have needed to do in audits of the council’s size, and only became apparent after the year end.

Statement of accounts

2. Budget

Budget Consultation 2018/19

The draft budget for Buckinghamshire County Council 2018/19 was approved by Cabinet on Monday, December 18, 2017, alongside the financial plan for the next four years. 

You can view the Draft Revenue and Capital Budget for 2018/19 report.

Revenue budget and capital programme

Each February, following a public consultation period, our Cabinet recommend a budget and council tax to the County Council. At its meeting in February the County Council approves the Revenue Budget and Capital Programme and sets the Council Tax.

For further information please contact:

Financial Strategy
Buckinghamshire County Council
County Hall
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP20 1UD

Budget papers

Financial year 2016/17 - 2019/20

Chief Finance Officer's Statutory Report 2016/17 - 2019/20 

3. Council Tax


Paying your Council Tax

You will need to contact your district council to:

  • pay your Council Tax
  • register for Council Tax if you are new to the area
  • appeal your Council Tax bill
  • request information about discounts

 

What does your Council Tax pay for?

Your Council Tax helps pay for vital services. This includes education, caring for people in need, maintaining the road network, and protecting our environment. It also pays for services at district and town or parish level, as well as supporting the emergency services such as the fire service and the Police. The money raised though Council Tax is shared out between the following authorities:

  • The County Council
  • Your District Council
  • Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority
  • Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner

Parish or Town Councils in some parts of Buckinghamshire

 

Council Tax revaluation

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is responsible for assessing all domestic properties in England and Wales and placing them in the appropriate banding for council tax purposes. The Council Tax revaluation in England has been postponed. More information can be found on the DCLG website.

You can contact your local Valuation Office by telephone on 03000 501 501.

4. Internal audit

We independently review the our control systems, produce a statement of internal financial control for the annual statutory accounts, investigate cases of fraud and irregularity, and provide advice and consultancy to all areas of the Council.

For more information please write to the Chief Internal Auditor, County Hall, Aylesbury HP20 1UD.

To report suspected fraud or a corrupt act call 01296 382237 or email audit@buckscc.gov.uk.