The council publishes its Statement of Accounts annually to illustrate the Authority’s financial position as at the end of the financial year and the transactions within that year.
The accounts are presented in a format to comply with statutory regulations and are split into sections as follows:
The narrative statement
• The narrative gives a brief explanation of what is included within the Statement of Accounts, as well as providing a summary of the main financial results for the year.
The annual governance statement
• This statement is required by The Accounts and Audit Regulations (England) 2011 and gives details of how the council operates its governance structure.
The statement of total movement in reserves
• This brings together all the council's movements in its balances for both capital and revenue reserves in the year.
Comprehensive income and expenditure statement
• This statement shows the income and expenditure of the council shown on an accounting basis in accordance with generally accepted accounting policies, rather than the amount to be funded from taxation
• Councils raise taxation to cover expenditure in accordance with regulations; this may be different from the accounting cost
• The taxation position is shown in the General Fund in Movement in Reserves Statement.
The Consolidated Balance Sheet
• The Balance Sheet shows the value, as at the balance sheet date, of the assets and liabilities recognised by the council (often expressed as the ‘net worth’ of the council)
• The net assets of the council (assets less liabilities) are matched by the reserves held by the council.
The cash flow statement
• This shows the cash inflows and outflows arising from transactions with third parties for capital and revenue activities
• The statement enables the full movements in cash to be identified.
The collection fund
• This account reflects the statutory requirement for the council, as the billing authority, to maintain a separate Collection Fund
• It shows transactions in relation to Non-Domestic Rates and Council Tax and illustrates the way in which these have been distributed to the Government and the precepting bodies - Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Police.
• The council also publishes accounts for those entities in which it has an interest.