: The council publishes information on spend in a number of ways:
All transactions are published separately as part of the ‘Spotlight on spend’ initiative on iwight.com.
The council publishes a full statement of accounts each year.
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: If you are entitled to vote in local elections for members of the Isle of Wight Council you have certain legal rights with regard to the Council’s annual accounts. These rights allow you to:
• Inspect the Council’s accounts
• Ask the external auditor questions about the accounts
• Challenge the accounts
When the Council has finalised the accounts for the previous financial year, at the end of May, we advertise that they are available for local electors to look at. The advertisement, the notice of public rights, is placed on the Council's website.
The notice gives details of a period of 30 working days during which you may look at the accounts and supporting documentation.
As part of the inspection you are entitled to inspect the accounts to be audited and all books, deeds, contracts, bills vouchers and receipts relating to them. However, you cannot inspect and copy documents that contain personal information about a member of staff.
The draft statement of accounts will be available on this website on 31st May and the final approved and audited accounts will be available on 31st July. You can download the draft statement of accounts or ask us for a copy. You can also obtain copies of any documents relevant to the accounts, although the Council is entitled to make an appropriate copying charge.
If any person requires specific information about the Council’s spending, the easiest way is to ask the Council. We already publish details of spend and certain contracts on the transparency part of the website, the annual accounts will include much the same information.
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