Somerset County Council
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Budgets and accounts

 

The Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) provides a focus on both Revenue expenditure (day-to-day running costs of providing services) and Capital expenditure (long term investment in infrastructure like schools and roads).

The department is a support service and delivers all of the strategic and corporate functions traditionally provided within a Local Authority Finance department. The transactional functions usually associated with Finance (Accounts Payable and Receivable) are delivered by Southwest One, a partnership arrangement managed by IBM.

Corporate Finance and Financial Planning Statement of Accounts
Each year the County Council is required to produce a Statement of Accounts. This document sets out a summary of our financial affairs and together with the Annual Plan and many other plans we must produce by law, provides a commentary on our performance. Making sure we are accountable for our work is extremely important and our financial statements help to show how your money has been used. The links below provide access to our Statement of Accounts, the Annual Audit Letter and the accounts of The Somerset Waste Partnership

The Statement of Accounts is available to read by everyone. For more information on these accounts, or to obtain a copy of them (free to Somerset residents) please use links in the Information and Resources section opposite to download a copy in PDF format.

What is covered?
The annual Statement of Accounts summarises our financial affairs for the year and shows our position at the end of the year (31 March). It includes the following:

  • The Chief Financial Officer's introduction - highlights some of the most important matters reported in the accounts and comments on any issues that have had a major effect on our finances, before looking ahead to the future;

  • Statement of responsibilities - explains our responsibilities for our financial affairs and how we make sure we carry out these responsibilities properly;

  • Annual Governance Statement - gives the results of our yearly assessment of how well we are managing and controlling risks to achieve our aims and meet the responsibilities we have by law;

  • Statement of accounting policies - summarises the accounting rules and conventions we have used in preparing our accounts;

  • Comprehensive Income and Expenditure Statement - a summary of our spending on services and where we got the money from;

  • Statement of Movement in Reserves - shows whether we have over- or under-spent against the Council Tax that we raised for the year, taking into account the use of reserves built up in the past and contributions to reserves earmarked for future expenditure;

  • Balance Sheet - shows our financial position as a whole at the start and end of the financial year;

  • Cash-flow Statement - shows the overall movement of cash during the year for revenue and capital;

  • Notes to the Core Financial Statements - provides more information on the figures contained in the above statements;

  • The Pension Fund - summarises the accounts of our Local Government Pension Fund. We use this fund to pay former employees their pensions and other benefits when they retire;

  • Glossary of terms - explains terms that we have used throughout the Statement of Accounts

Investments
The Investments Section within the Retained Finance Service is responsible for all of the County Council's investment and financial funding activity and the section is the main contact with the County Council's bank. In addition to County Council investments, the section is also responsible for the management and accounting of the Somerset County Council Pension Fund. The section undertakes all of the County Council's Treasury Management activity including the investment of cash balances, the raising of long term debt finance and administering the Council's operating leases.

The Investments Section within the Retained Finance Service is responsible for all of the County Council's investment and financial funding activity and the section is the main contact with the County Council's bank. In addition to County Council investments, the section is also responsible for the management and accounting of the Somerset County Council Pension Fund. The section undertakes all of the County Council's Treasury Management activity including the investment of cash balances, the raising of long term debt finance and administering the Council's operating leases.

Who can use it?
As a support service, users tend to be limited to internal Council staff. However, the nature of the section's work means that staff liaise regularly with colleagues in external financial institutions.

Pension Fund Accounts
Each year the County Council is required to produce an Annual Report and Statement of Accounts for the Pension Fund. This document sets out a summary of the scheme, principles and policies adopted, investment performance and financial statements.

A copy of the Pension Fund Annual Report and annual Statement of Accounts is in information and resources.

Who can use it?
The Pension Fund Annual Report and Statement of Accounts is available to read by everyone. However it will be of particular interest to scheme members.

Contact
Director of Finance and Performance
Address Somerset County Council
County Hall
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 4DY
Email kbnacey@somerset.gov.uk
Phone 01823 355213
Fax 01823 356108

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