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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

2023-24 Statement of Accounts

The Accounts have not yet been audited by our External Auditors EY LLP. Once this happens the draft will be replaced with an Audited Copy.

The Annual Governance Statement is still to be approved by Members in Summer 2024

Please also see the Public Notice of Audit 2023-24.

2022-23 Statement of Accounts

The external audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2023 has not yet been completed by our external auditors, EY LLP, due to the complex set of factors contributing to audit delays across the sector. 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 2022/23 final statement of accounts in line with deadline of 30 September 2023, as per paragraph (1). Once the audit is complete the Governance Audit and Standards Committee will consider the results of the 2022/23 audit, after which we will publish the final audited 2022-23 Statement of Accounts.

Pay policy statements

The Pay policy statements have been produced in accordance with Sections 38 to 43 of the Localism Act 2011, which requires local authorities (not including schools) to publish an annual statement of their policy for the relevant financial year. When preparing and approving annual pay policy statements, the council takes into account government guidance relating to openness and accountability in local pay.

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

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