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Managing the Council’s Finances

Statement of accounts

Managing Financial Risk



Statement of accounts

From 15 July 2020 to 11 August 2020 the draft Statements of Account for the Council and Joint Committees, where we are the Accountable body, are available for public inspection between 9.30am and 3.30pm. More information is available in the link below.  This also includes your right to ask the Council’s auditor questions in relation to the accounts on or after 1 September 2020.​

Inspection of Accounts for the financial year 2019/20​ (122kb PDF)​​Link opens in a new window

Draft Statement of Accounts 2019/20 (4.32mb PDF)​​​Link opens in a new window

The Council publishes its Statement of Accounts (incorporating Cardiff Harbour Authority). From 2017/18, the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Pension Fund Statement of Accounts and Annual Governance Statement are available as separate documents, prior to this they were incorporated in the Council’s Statement of Accounts. From 2019/20, the Cardiff Port Health Authority small body return is available as a separate document, prior to this it was incorporated in the Council’s Statement of Accounts. The accounts provide information on our financial activities during the year, and assets and liabilities at year-end. The accounts are independently audited by Audit Wales.​Link opens in a new window

The draft statement for Cardiff Council, Cardiff Harbour Authority and Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan pension fund along with the three joint committees where Cardiff Council is the lead authority Glamorgan Archives, Prosiect Gwyrdd and Cardiff Capital Region City Deal are available in English. Following completion of the audit process, audited documents will be available in Welsh.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2018-19 (78.4kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window



Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Pension Fund


Annual Governance Statement


Cardiff Council is the lead authority for Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, Glamorgan Archives, Prosiect Gwyrdd and Cardiff Port Health Authority.​ The Welsh Purchasing Consortium finished on the 31 March 2016, accounts are available up until the 2015/16 financial year.  


Cardiff Capital Region City Deal

Glamorgan Archives*


Prosiect Gwyrdd*


Cardiff Port Health Authority


The Welsh Purchasing Consortium*

*The maintenance and integrity of the City of Cardiff Council’s website is the responsibility of the Accounting Officer/Client Officer; the work carried out by auditors does not involve consideration of these matters and accordingly auditors accept no responsibility for any changes that may have occurred to the financial statements since they were initially presented on the website.



Managing Financial Risk


The Council takes a proactive approach towards managing risk which helps us make best use of our resources.


We have a statutory responsibility to examine, evaluate and monitor how we use our resources, including finances, and this work is undertaken with the support of Internal Auditors.


The Internal Auditors provide advice and guidance on developing robust measures to monitor and control risk, help identify improvements, and to ensure compliance with rules and regulations. They also help deal with the prevention, detection and investigation of suspected fraud or financial impropriety.


Risk Management - Policy, Strategy and Methodology





The Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud. We also participate in the National Fraud Initiative.


We rely on the public to bring their suspicions to our attention so if you suspect a fraud please report it to us. We recommend reading our reporting suspected fraud document before contacting us.


You can report it online:



by calling us on:


Tel: 029 20872329 (non-benefit fraud)

Tel: 0800 328 6340 (benefit fraud)

Tel: 0800 3286341 (benefit fraud text phone)


or by writing to:

Internal Audit Section
Cardiff Council
County Hall
Atlantic Wharf
CF10 3UW


All referrals will be investigated if we have enough information.

As a public authority, we are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Auditor General is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises under its powers under the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information.

Computerised data matching allows fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it indicates that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

The Auditor General currently requires us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. The Auditor General requires this authority to provide information it holds for this purpose. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Auditor General for matching. Details are set out on the Wales Audit Office website​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window .

As the use of data by the Auditor General in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority (Part 3A of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004), it does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Auditor General is subject to a Code of Practice. This is to help all bodies involved in data matching to comply with the law and good practice, including maintaining data security.

For further information on the Auditor General’s legal powers and the reasons why he matches particular information visit the Wales Audit Office website​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window  or contact:

The Information Governance Manager. 

Room 401,

County Hall,

Atlantic Wharf,


CF10 4UW.

Telephone 029 2087 3317.


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All the Council’s physical assets - such as buildings, vehicles and machinery - are insured, and we also have liability insurances to cover against financial loss due to liabilities that may arise for damage or injury caused by the Council, its employees or other people acting on its behalf, if the Council is found to be at fault.


Our Insurance section co-ordinates the handling of all insurance claims made by or against the Council. If you have a general query about Council insurance or want to make a claim please contact us.


If you intend making a claim against the council we recommend reading Making a claim against Cardiff Council. Liability Claims – Guidance Notes. All claims are assessed individually and fairly, and where claims are legitimate we aim to settle as quickly as possible. However, there is no automatic right to compensation - you will need to prove that the Council has been at fault in law.


Tel: 029 20872247


You can also write to:

PO Box 9000
CF10 3ND