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Cardiff Council

Managing the Council’s Finances

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Statement of accounts

From Thursday 8 July 2021 to Wednesday 4 August 2021 the draft Statements of Account for the Council, Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Pension Fund 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 Wednesday 1 September 2021.

Inspection of Accounts for the financial year 2020/21 (15.8kb DOC)​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Draft Statement of Accounts 2020/21​ (8.67kb 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 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


Regulation 10(1) of the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 (as amended) requires that Responsible Financial Officer of the County Council of the City and County of Cardiff sign and date the statement of accounts, and certify that it presents a true and fair view of the financial position of the body at the end of the year to which it relates and of that body's income and expenditure for that year. The Regulations required that this be completed by 31 May 2021.  The Responsible Financial Officer signed and certified the accounts on 15 June 2021. ​

Regulation 10(2) of the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 (as amended) requires that following the certification by the Responsible Financial Officer referred to above, the County Council of the City and County of Cardiff approve and publish the audited statement of accounts. The Regulations required that this be completed by 31 July 2021.  Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the audit of the 2020-21 statement of accounts has not yet been completed and no audit opinion has been provided. The statement of accounts that is published is the unaudited statement of accounts.

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



 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 draft return has not been approved. Prior to 2019/20 this return has been approved alongside the Council’s accounts. The final audited return will be approved at Council with the Council’s Statement of Accounts.


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.​​

Internal Audit and Counter Fraud Service

​​The Internal Audit team provides risk based and objective assurance, advice and insight. More information on Internal Audit.

The Investigation Team performs a range of proactive and reactive work to prevent and detect fraud. They support managers to develop and maintain a culture in which fraud, bribery and corruption are understood across the organisation as unacceptable, with fraudsters brought to account quickly and efficiently, and losses recovered. More information on Fraud.​​​


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