The council’s spending plans for 2019 to 2020 were approved at the council meeting on 27 February 2019.
Despite over £3m savings from the council’s transformation programme and efficiency savings of £1.9m, the demand on local services and ongoing reductions in government grant meant we still faced a budget gap of over £4m for 2019 to 2020.
Like many other local authorities, an increase in council tax was needed to make sure frontline services, in particular those supporting vulnerable people, continued to be protected. During this meeting an increase in council tax of 2.99% was confirmed for 2019 to 20. This increase equates to around 73p per week for a band D council tax payer.
In addition, £2.6m will be drawn from the council’s reserves to bridge the remaining gap.
View our annual accounts
The following documents are our annual statement of accounts:
|Draft financial statements 2019 to 2020||2.26 MB|
|Financial statements 2018 to 2019||1.98 MB|
|Financial statements 2017 to 2018||1.45 MB|
|Financial statements 2016 to 2017||1.06 MB|
|Financial statements 2015 to 2016||1.02 MB|
|Financial statements 2014 to 2015||1.03 MB|
|Financial statements 2013 to 2014||1.04 MB|
|Financial statements 2012 to 2013||1.62 MB|
|Financial statements 2011 to 2012||1.68 MB|
The financial statements include:
- the statement of accounts
- the narrative report (called the explanatory foreword, before 2015 to 2016)
- independent auditor’s report
- annual governance statement
Important information regarding the 2018/19 financial statements
The external audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 has not yet been completed by our external auditors EY LLP. This is due to the delay in completing the audit of the Berkshire Pension Scheme which is undertaken by Deloitte LLP. EY require this audit to be completed and reported to them in order for EY to complete their audit of our accounts. This situation is allowed for by Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.
This notification explains, as per paragraph (2a), that we are not yet able to publish our audited 2018/19 final statement of accounts in line with deadline of 31 July 2019, as per paragraph (1) of the regulations. The council’s final audited accounts will be published immediately following the final results of the 2018/19 audit being reported to us.