It's Your Right to Know



Public Access to Local Authority
Financial Information


Relating to

COUNTY COUNCILS IN ENGLAND


Taxpayers and local electors are entitled to examine, make notes and/or take copies of the following financial documents, held by local councils and police authorities, at various times of the year.

The following files are available during:

June 2012
Unfortunately a red cross indicates that the documents or files listed below are not available for public audit inspection at this time of the year. But you may still be able to request extracts (in a more heavily censored form) under freedom of information legislation.

Spreadsheet listings of council expenditure (general description only) in excess of £500
Listing of salaried posts (postholders unidentified) in excess of £50,000 P.A.
Details of salaried executives (postholders identified) in excess of £150,000 P.A.
Elected councillors' monthly expenses claims and receipts (councils in England)
General statements of financial accounts (councils in England)
Elected councillors' monthly expenses claims and receipts (police authorities in England)
General statements of financial accounts (police authorities in England)
Contracts with external agencies & suppliers etc (councils in England)
Contracts with external agencies & suppliers etc (police authorities in England)
File copies of invoices, receipts and bills (councils in England)
File copies of invoices, receipts and bills (police authorities in England)
Members' declarations of financial & personal interests (councils in England)
Members' declarations of financial & personal interests (police authorities in England)
Correspondence authorising contracts, terms & conditions (councils in England)
Correspondence authorising contracts, terms & conditions (police authorities in England)

Public Access to the Files
Dates during which the public are entitled to view the accounts change every year. Details are given below.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has a search engine to enable taxpayers and voters to locate details of all council expenditure above the £500 threshold, but this is available for England alone.

Click to the DCLG page here.

Details of
payments to council and police authority staff earning in excess of £50,000 per annum are available in the relevant authorities' annual statements of accounts.

All of the material, including detailed
contracts, invoices and bills, listed in the table above are available during the statutory public inspection period.

This takes place for
20 working days (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) between the end of the relevant local government financial year (beginning of April) and the completion of the annual audit process (usually end of September).

The 2011/2012 inspection period is...

 
t.b.c.
 
pending
 
open
 
closed

English local authorities are obliged by law to publish the inspection dates on the internet


Buckinghamshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 18 Jul-12 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 19 Jul-13 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 15 Jul-11 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 1 Aug-3 Sep 2008.


Cambridgeshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: no info provided.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 7 Aug-4 Sep 2009.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

Cornwall
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspecton: 26 Jun-22 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 16 Jun-11 Jul 2008.


Cumbria
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 6 Jul-31 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 28 Jul-22 Aug 2008.

Derbyshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 11 Jul-5 Aug 2011
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 13 Jul-7 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 21 Jul-15 Aug 2008.


Devon
Files available: tbc
Council website info: Yes
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011. (Warning: The council posted a copy of the notice online but removed it a day before the inspection period commenced).
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 10 Aug-7 Sep 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 7 Jul-1 Aug 2008.

Dorset
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: no info provided.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-25 Jul 2008.

Durham
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 25 Jul-19 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 7 Jul-1 Aug 2008.

East Sussex
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 11 Jul-8 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 29 Jun-24 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 21 Jul-14 Aug 2008.

Essex
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 18 Jul-12 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 24 Jul-21 Sep 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 21 Jul-15 Aug 2008.


Gloucestershire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 12 Jul-9 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 12 Jul-9 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 10 Jul-13 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 11 Jul-14 Aug 2008.

Hampshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: no FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

Herefordshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 5 Aug-6 Sep 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: not applicable.

Hertfordshire

Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 11 Jul-5 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 6 Jul-31 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 7 Jul-1 Aug 2008.



Kent
Files available: 11 Jun-6 Jul 2012
Council website info: YES
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 13 Jun-8 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 14 Jun-9 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 8 Jun-3 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 9 Jun-4 Jul 2008.


Lancashire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 7 Jul-1 Aug 2008.


Leicestershire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 11 Jul-5 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 13 Jul-3 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 14 Jul-8 Aug 2008.


Lincolnshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 20 Jun-15 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 21 Jun-16 Jul & 13 Aug-10 Sep 2010.
(Warning: The original notice was misworded. The Audit Commission instructed the council to re-run the public inspection).
2008/09 inspection: 24 Jun-20 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 23 Jun-18 Jul 2008.

Norfolk
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 11 Jul-5 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 14 Jul-8 Aug 2008.

Northamptonshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 6 Jul-31 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-25 Jul 2008.


Northumberland
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 6 Jul-31 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 7 Jul-1 Aug 2008.

North Yorkshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 27 Jun-22 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 23 Jun-18 Jul 2008.

Nottinghamshire
Files available: 2 Jul-27 Jul 2012
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 28 Jun-23 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 29 Jun-21 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-25 Jul 2008.

Oxfordshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 11 Jul-5 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 6 Jul-31 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-25 Jul 2008.

Shropshire
Files available: 11 Jun-6 Jul 2012
Council website info: YES
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 13 Jun-8 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 15 Jun-unspec 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 16 Jun-11 Jul 2008.

Somerset
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: no info provided.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 14 Jul-8 Aug 2008.

Staffordshire

Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 27 Jun-22 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 29 Jun-24 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-21 Jul 2008.


Suffolk
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: no info provided.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 20 Jul-14 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

Surrey
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 1 Jul-28 Jul 2011.
(Warning: The council failed to publish details of the public's rights on its website, at least 14 days before the start of the inspection).
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 6 Jul-31 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 7 Jul-1 Aug 2008.

Warwickshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011.
(Warning: The public notice incorrectly claimed access to documents was restricted under the Data Protection Act. The High Court has already stated that redactive powers are governed by the Audit Commission Act and not by the DPA).
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 7 Jul-1 Aug 2008.

West Sussex
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 24 Jun-22 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 25 Jun-23 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 23 Jun-21 Jul 2008.

Wiltshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 12 Jul-8 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 2 Jul-29 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 6 Jul-31 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 29 Jul-26 Aug 2008.

Worcestershire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 23 Jun-20 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 14 Jul-8 Aug 2008.

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