Financial information

There are several financial reports we have to publish by law.

Statement of accounts

At the end of each financial year, all councils have to publish a Statement of Accounts.

The accounts show how we have used public money in the year and that we have been honest and responsible.

We publish the Statement of Accounts, Governance Statement and External Audit Report for the current year and previous six years here.

Audit of accounts

2021/22 Statement of Accounts

The council’s accounts for 2021/22 have been audited by Ernst & Young LLP (EY). EY issued an unqualified audit opinion on the accounts on 25 March 2024. The 2021/22 audited Statement of Accounts including the audit opinion can be accessed below.

Statement of Accounts and Annual Governance Statement 

The published Statement of Accounts for 2022/23 can be viewed below. This is subject to external audit.

Please note if you require any of the PDFs below in an accessible format, email to request this.

Annual Governance Statement 2022-23
DRAFT Statement of Accounts 2022-23[pdf] 2MB

AR Audited Statement of Accounts 2021-22 [pdf] 3MB
Governance Statement 2021-22[pdf] 1MB

Statement of Accounts 2020-21[pdf] 2MB
Governance Statement 2020-21 [pdf] 814KB
Annual Audit Report 2020-21 [pdf] 2MB

Statement of Accounts 2019-20 [pdf] 3MB
Governance Statement 2019-20 [pdf] 784KB
Annual Audit Report 2019-20 [pdf] 4MB

Statement of Accounts 2018-19 [pdf] 4MB
Governance Statement 2018-19 [pdf] 2MB
Annual Audit Report 2018-19  [pdf] 7MB

Statement of Accounts 2017-18 [pdf] 4MB
Governance Statement 2017-18 [pdf] 3MB
Annual Audit Report 2017-18 [pdf] 2MB

Statement of Accounts 2016-17 [pdf] 1MB
Governance Statement 2016-17 [pdf] 3MB
Annual Audit Report 2016-17 [pdf] 2MB

Fees and charges

We make a charge for some of the services we provide. The documents below give more information about the services we charge for and how much they are. We have included last year's fees and charges document for information.

Fees and charges 2024-2025
Fees and charges 2023-2024 (last year)

Notices of public rights

Audit of accounts

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015

The external audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2023 has not yet been completed by our external auditors, EY LLP, due to the complex set of factors contributing to audit delays across the sector. This situation is allowed for by Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015. (See attached link: The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (  Therefore, this notification explains, as per paragraph (2a), that we are not yet able to publish our audited 2022/23 final statement of accounts in line with deadline of 30 September 2023, as per paragraph (1).  The Audit and Governance Committee will consider the results of the 2022/23 audit, after which we will publish the final audited accounts.


Statement of Accounts 2022/2023

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015

Members of the public are afforded various rights as part of the annual audit process. For the 2022/23 financial statements these rights may only be exercised in the period 01 August 2023 to 15 September 2023. These rights can be summarised as follows:

(1) Any interested person may inspect and copy the accounting records for the financial year and all related books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents of this body

(2) An elector for the area of Arun District Council may question the auditor about the 2022/23 accounts

(3) An elector for the area of Arun District Council may make an objection on any matter in respect of which the auditor could take action under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

Notice of an intention to inspect accounting records and other documents should be given to Antony Baden, Group Head of Finance, Arun District Council via email (

Questions and/or objections should be directed to the appointed auditor, Kevin Suter of Ernst & Young LLP, via email ( A copy of any objection should also be sent to Antony Baden, Group Head of Finance, Arun District Council.

  • Antony Baden
    Group Head of Finance, Arun District Council, 2nd floor Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Rd, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5LF.
  • Kevin Suter
    Partner, EY, Grosvenor House, Grosvenor Square, Southampton. SO15 2BE

Key plans and strategies

Our financial strategies are helping us become more financially sustainable and resilient, safeguarding public funds whilst achieving value for money. The relevant strategies can be found here: