The aim of our finance service to deliver value-for-money services. Services include budget setting and monitoring, council tax base setting, insurance, etc

The Financial Strategy 2017/18

The Medium Term Financial Plan outlines the financial needs and requirements of the Council over the next five years. The strategy is to deliver a balanced budget over the medium term whilst keeping any tax rises broadly in line with inflation. The Council has to have regard to the level of government grant received. In 2017/18, Revenue Support Grant which is a Government grant will reduce by £0.9 million (52%). SSDC has been utilising New Homes Bonus to support service provision.

Efficiency Plan


The 2017/18 budget

The Council's net revenue budget will amount to £17.379 million in 2017/18. The Council's share of the total Council Tax (for a Band D property) will be £157.48 with £1.85 being transferred to the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA). The increase towards SSDC services is £5.00, an increase of 3.3%. This is 9.7% of your total tax bill.

Budget Book 2017/18

Value for Money

Financial Resilience Report 2012-13

Annual Statement of Accounts

The Statement of Accounts is the statutory summary of the council's financial affairs for the financial year and is prepared in accordance with the 'Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom'.  The purpose of our statement of accounts is to give clear information on the overall finances of the council.

Public Inspection Notification - Closure of 2017/18 accounts
Statement of Accounts 2016/17 - Notice of Conclusion of Audit
Statement of Accounts 2015/16 - Audit Certificate 2015-16
Statement of Accounts 2014/15 - Audit Certificate 2014-15
Statement of Accounts 2013/14 - Audit Certificate 2013-14
Statement of Accounts 2012/13
Statement of Accounts 2011/12
Statement of Accounts 2010/11
Statement of Accounts 2009/10
Statement of Accounts 2008/9
Statement of Accounts 2007/8
Statement of Accounts 2006/7

Summary of Accounts

Summary of Accounts 2016/17
Summary of Accounts 2015/16
Summary of Accounts 2014/15
Summary of Accounts 2013/14

For more information, please contact us.

External Audit - Notice Of Appointment Of Auditor From 2018/19

Under Section 8(2) of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Council must publish a notice relating to the appointment of its local auditor.

For audits of accounts from 1 April 2018, Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited (PSAA) is responsible for appointing an auditor to principal local government and police bodies that have chosen to opt into its national auditor appointment arrangements. South Somerset District Council opted into this arrangement.

On 14 December 2017, the PSAA Board approved the appointment of Grant Thornton (UK) LLP to audit the accounts of South Somerset District Council for a period of five years, covering the accounts from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2023.  This appointment is made under Regulation 13 of the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015.  If you have any queries please contact