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Managing the Council’s Finances

Statement of accounts

Managing Financial Risk




Statement of accounts


From 2 July 2018 to the 27 July 2018 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 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 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 the 8 August 2018.​

Audit of Accounts for the financial year 2017/18​​​​​Link opens in a new window ​​​

The Council publishes its Statement of Accounts (incorporating Cardiff Port Health Authority and the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Pension Fund) annually, which provides information on our financial activities during the previous year, and assets and liabilities at year-end. The statement is audited externally by the Wales Audit Office.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2016-17 (9kb PDF)​​Link opens in a new window ​​



Statement of Accounts - City Deal 2016/17 (1.6MB PDF)​​​Link opens in a new window

Cardiff is also the lead authority for the accounts of three Joint Local Authority Committees:


Glamorgan Archives*


Prosiect Gwyrdd*


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