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We believe that transparency is a key condition and driver for the delivery of our services.

As a publicly-funded organisation, we have a duty to be transparent in our business operations and outcomes in order to deliver value for money for the tax payers we serve.

Publication of accounts

2021-22 Statement of Accounts

The external audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022 has not yet been completed by our external auditors, EY LLP, due to a variety of factors contributing to audit delays in the current year. This situation is allowed for by Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.

Therefore, this notification explains, as per paragraph (2a), that we are not yet able to publish our audited 2021/22 final Statement of Accounts in line with the extended deadline of 30 November 2022, as per paragraph 2d of The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2022. The Governance and Audit and Standards Committee considered the Auditors Results Report and the final Statement of Accounts 2021/22 at its meeting in March 2023, however we are unable to publish the accounts yet as the audit is not complete. Therefore, the final Statement of Accounts will only be published once the auditors have finalised their work, which is anticipated to be in the October to November 2023 period.

The draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022 can be found below. These are currently unaudited and may be subject to change up and until their approval by the Governance and Audit and Standards Committee.

2022-23 Statement of Accounts

The Draft Statement of Accounts for 2022-23 is now available.

Portsmouth City Council Draft Statement of Accounts 2022-23

Please also see the associated Public Notice of Audit in respect of the Draft Statement of Accounts 2022- 23.

Portsmouth City Council Public Notice of Audit 2023

Income and payments

Council accounts can be downloaded below, or follow the links to find:

Workforce profiles

Public authorities must publish information to demonstrate compliance with the Equality Act 2010.

The information available to download below relates to people who are either employed by the council, or who are affected by our policies and practices, and who share a protected characteristic. Protected characteristics are defined in the Equality Act as age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Corporate peer challenge

In 2013, we invited a review team to look at how well the council was performing, what we could do better and how we could further build on some of our strengths. This exercise is known as a corporate peer challenge and is sponsored by the Local Government Association.

The title of the council’s challenge was: ‘what more could Portsmouth City Council be doing to achieve quality outcomes for citizens in a time of financial austerity and in the context of reduced public resources?’

The review team published their report as a letter to the council’s Chief Executive, which you can read below.

For more information on the corporate peer challenge, email