It's Your Right to Know



Public Access to Local Authority
Financial Information


Relating to

METROPOLITAN DISTRICT 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 publicise inspection dates on the internet.

Barnsley
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: 27 Jul-21 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 4 Aug-29 Aug 2008.

Birmingham
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 25 jul-19 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 12 Jul-6 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 13 Jul-7 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 14 Jul-8 Aug 2008.

Bolton
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 14 Jul-10 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 31 Jul-27 Aug 2008.


Bradford
Files available: 5 Jul-2 Aug 2012
Council website info: YES
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 13 Jun-8 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 1 Jul-28 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 9 Jul-5 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

Bury
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 30 Jun-29 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jul-28 Aug 2008.

Calderdale
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 13 Jun-8 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 21 Jul-15 Aug 2008.

Coventry
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 22 Jul-19 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 7 Jul-4 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 8 Jul-5 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 14 Jul-8 Aug 2008.


Doncaster
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 25 Jul-19 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 26 Jul-20 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 20 Jul-14 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 21 Jul-15 Aug 2008.

Dudley
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 1 Jun-28 Jun 2010.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 2 Jun-27 Jun 2008.

Gateshead
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: 7 Jul-1 Aug 2008.

Kirklees
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 13 Jun-8 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 28 Jun-23 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 30 Jun-27 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-25 Jul 2008.

Knowsley
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 13 Jun-8 Jul 2011.
(Warning: The council breached the regulations because it did not place a copy of the statutory notice, or any information about the inspection period, public rights to question the auditor, or rights to raise to objections, on its website).
2009/10 inspection: 14 Jun-16 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 15 Jun-10 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 23 Jun-14 Jul 2008.


Leeds
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 13 Jun-8 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 20 Jul-14 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 1 Jul-29 Jul 2008.

Liverpool
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: no info provided.
2009/10 inspection: 1 Jul-27 Jul 2010.

WARNING: Liverpool City Council applied a 20p copying charge on any document requested by any taxpayer exercising their right to inspect the accounts. A council official told ONB (24/06/10): "We have to find ways of raising money and we are entitled to charge any reasonable copying expense." ONB verdict: This fee regime is, prima facie, excessive and disproportionate. City taxpayers should request electronic copies of accounts and files.
2008/09 inspection: 1 Jul-28 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 2 Jul-29 Jul 2008.


Manchester
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 14 Jul-10 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 21 Jul-18 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 8 Jul-4 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 9 Jul-5 Aug 2008.

Newcastle upon Tyne
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: 1 Jul-31 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 1 Jul-31 Aug 2008.

North Tyneside
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011.
(Warning: The public notice posted on the council website was not set out in the required format, and did not give local taxpayers and voters the required contact information for the external auditor. ONB verdict: The council failed to comply with the regulations and the inspection period was invalid).
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: no information.
2007/08 inspection: no information.


Oldham
Files available: 10 May-8 Jun 2012
Council website info: YES
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 20 May-17 Jun 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 14 Jun-9 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 20 Jul-14 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 24 Jul-20 Aug 2008.

Rochdale
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 28 Jun-25 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 30 Jun-27 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-28 Jul 2008.

Rotherham
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 5 Jul-1 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 25 Jul-21 Aug 2008.

Salford
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 1 Aug-26 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 2 Aug-27 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 3 Aug-28 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 28 Jul-22 Aug 2008.

Sandwell
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 1 Jul-28 Jul 2011. (Warning: The council failed to upload a copy of the statutory public notice to its website, until 21 Jul 2011, three weeks after the inspection period began. ONB verdict: Invalid public inspection).
2009/10 inspection: 29 Jun-26 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-21 Jul 2008.

Sefton
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 11 Jul-5 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 12 Jul-6 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-25 Jul 2008.

Sheffield
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: 20 Jul-14 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 21 Jul-15 Aug 2008.

Solihull
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 1 Jul-28 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 2 Jul-29 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 3 Jul-30 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 26 Jun-23 Jul 2008.

South Tyneside
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: 27 Jul-21 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-25 Jul 2008.

St Helens
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: 6 Jul-31 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 2 Jul-30 Jul 2008.

Stockport
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: 7 Jul-1 Aug 2008.

Sunderland
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 1 Aug-26 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 2 Aug-27 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 27 Jul-24 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 1 Aug-31 Aug 2008.


Tameside
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 16 Jun-13 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 16 Jun-13 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 11 Jun-9 Jul 2008.

Trafford
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.

Wakefield
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 13 Jun-8 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 1 Jul-28 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 1 Jul-28 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 1 Jul-29 Jul 2008.

Walsall
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 18 Jul-12 Aug 2011.
(Warning: The public notice implied electors and taxpayers wishing to question the auditor had to give advance notice of questions. This only applies where the interested person intends to lodge a formal objection. The statutory notice did not give a specific date for the end of the inspection period, but did specify it was for 20 working days).
2009/10 inspection: 12 Jul-6 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 24 Jul-20 Aug 2008.

Wigan
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 25 Jul-19 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 19 Jul-13 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 20 Jul-14 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 28 Jul-22 Aug 2008.


Wirral
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 18 Jul-12 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 2 Jul-29 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 1 Jul-28 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

Wolverhampton
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 25 Jul-19 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 12 Jul-6 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 13 Jul-7 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 14 Jul-8 Aug 2008.

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