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Public Access to Local Authority
Financial Information


Relating to

UNITARY 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

Bath/NE Somerset
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: 6 Jul-3 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 1 Jul-30 Jul 2008.

Bedford
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 1 Aug-26 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: n/a.
2008/09 inspection: n/a.
2007/08 inspection: n/a.

Blackburn/Darwen
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 8 Jul-4 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 2 Jul-29 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 3 Jul-30 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 2 Jul-30 Jul 2008.

Blackpool
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: 29 Jun-24 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-25 Jul 2008.

Bournemouth
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 18 Jul-15 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 3 Aug-28 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 1 Aug-29 Aug 2008.

Bracknell Forest
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 13 Jul-9 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 29 Jul-25 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

Brighton/Hove
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: 2 Jul-29 Jul 2008.


Bristol
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 1 Aug-26 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 13 Aug-10 Sep 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 27 Jul-21 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 25 Jul-21 Aug 2008.

Central Bedfordshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 18 Jul-12 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: n/a.
2008/09 inspection: n/a.
2007/08 inspection: n/a.

Cheshire East
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: 3 Jul-30 Jul 2008.

Cheshire West/Chester
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: 3 Jul-30 Jul 2008.

Darlington
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: 8 Jun-3 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 9 Jun-4 Jul 2008.


Derby
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: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 3 Jul-28 Jul 2008.


East Riding of Yorks
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: 31 Jul-27 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

Halton
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 21 Jul-17 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 20 Jul-16 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 6 Jul-3 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 7 Jul-1 Aug 2008.

Hartlepool
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 1 Jul-28 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 6 Jul-31 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-25 Jul 2008.

Hull
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 18 Jul-12 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 16 Jul-13 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 3 Aug-28 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 28 Jul-22 Aug 2008.

Isle of Wight
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 27 Jun-22 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 28 Jun-23 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

Leicester
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: 13 Jul-10 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 3 Jul-1 Aug 2008.

Luton
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: 23 Jul-19 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 24 Jul-20 Aug 2008.

Medway
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: 24 Jul-20 Aug 2008.

Middlesborough
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: 21 Jul-15 Aug 2008.

Milton Keynes
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 1 Jul-28 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 1 Jul-28 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 21 Jul-15 Aug 2008.

North East Lincolnshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: no info provided.
2009/10 inspection: 13 Jul-9 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 20 Jul-14 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 23 Jul-19 Aug 2008.

North Lincolnshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 20 Jul-16 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 6 Jul-31 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

North Somerset
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.

Nottingham
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: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 28 Jul-22 Aug 2008.

Peterborough
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 14 Jul-10 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 15 Jul-11 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 16 Jul-12 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 1 Aug-29 Aug 2008.


Plymouth
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: 23 Jul-19 Aug 2008.

Poole
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 18 Jul-15 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 13 Jul-7 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.


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

Reading
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: 3 Aug-28 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 1 Aug-29 Aug 2008.


Redcar & Cleveland
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 1 Jul-28 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 30 Jun-27 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 29 Jun-21 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

Rutland
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 27 Jun-24 Jul 2011. (Warning: The authority's public notice gave the final date of public inspection as (Sunday) 24 July 2011. The law requires that 20 working days are provided and this period is therefore one day short of the statutory requirement).
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

Slough
Files available: 2 Jul-27 Jul 2012
Council website info: YES
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 29 Jun-24 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

South Gloucestershire
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: no info provided.

Southampton
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 14 Jul-10 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 15 Jul-11 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 17 Jul-13 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 18 Jul-14 Aug 2008.

Southend
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: 11 Jul-7 Aug 2008.

Stockton on Tees
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 20 Jun-15 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 3 Jun-30 Jun 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 2 Jun-27 Jun 2008.

Stoke on Trent
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011. (Warning: The notice on the council's website did not comply with the legislation. The 2011 regulations required authorities to upload full versions of their statutory notices onto the web, 14 days in advance of the public inspection. SOT merely provides dates. ONB verdict: The wesbite notice was illegal and the dates were void).
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 6 Jul-31 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 7 Jul-1 Aug 2008.

Swindon
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: 7 Aug-5 Sep 2008.

Telford/Wrekin
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: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 26 Jun-23 Jul 2008.

Thurrock
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: no info provided.

Torbay
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: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 21 Jul-15 Aug 2008.

Warrington
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: 13 Jul-7 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 14 Jul-8 Aug 2008.

West Berkshire
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 20 Jun-15 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

Windsor/Maidenhead
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: no info provided.

Wokingham
Files available: tbc
Council website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 6 Jul-2 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: no info provided.

York
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: 13 Jul-7 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 14 Jul-8 Aug 2008.

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