Financial performance and annual accounts

We want the Council's finances to be as clear and open as possible. We also believe it is important to explain our budgeting processes in a clear and accessible format. We account to you for the ways in which we spend your money.

Statement of accounts

The statement of accounts is by definition a statutory, formal document which sets out a high level view of how the money has been spent and where the money has come from. Since it is designed to meet specific government and accounting requirements, it is a technical document which means that it is not always easy to understand. The audited 2017/18 accounts can be accessed below: 

Statement of accounts 2017/18

Declaration of conclusion of audit and publication of the audited statement of accounts 2017/18

The Council's external auditors provide an annual audit letter which sets out the findings from their work on the Statement of Accounts and related matters. The final 2017/18 annual audit letter can be found via the following link:

Previous statements of accounts:

Budget and financial performance

Last year we had a gross expenditure budget of £75.1 million to be able to deliver our services. The Council's planned net expenditure on services in 2017/18 was £16.4 million, a decrease of 1.9% on the previous year.

In summary in 2017/18 we planned to receive:
 Income stream  Value
 Council tax from Elmbridge households £13.3m  
 General Government grant   £2.4m  
 Specific Government grants  £42.8m  
 Interest on balances  £0.6m  
 Use of reserves  £1.0m  
 General income  £15.0m  
 To fund total expenditure       £75.1m  


The Council had a decreased net cost of £0.7m which was achieved through budget savings during the year.

Financial performance 2017/18

The following table provides a summary of the Council's income and expenditure for the year. A full copy of the statement of accounts is available.


Service area

Planned spend


Actual spend


Community development  385 414
 Corporate development  2,620  2,459
 Environment and economy  5,348  5,437
 Highways and transport  (1,602)  (2,019)
 Housing  2,544  1,956
 Leisure and culture  4,701  4,184
 Licensing committee  203  215
 Resources  1,060  811
 Social  2,904  2,480
 Planning committee  1,869  2,453
 Net cost of all services  20,032  18,290
 Asset rentals  (2,830)  (2,830)
 Interest on balances  (607)  (667)
 Contribution from interest equalisation reserve  (338)  (338)
 New Homes Bonus  (1,889)  (1,894
 Contribution to New Homes Bonus / Property Acquisition Reserve  1,522  1,527
 Transfer from council tax freeze grant reserve  (307)  (307)
 To / (from) earmarked reserves  75  1,386
 Capital financing  898  1,389
 Total  16,366  16,366 


Unspent budgets for specific projects not completed within the year have been carried forward to the current year (2018/19).

The Council has put in place arrangements for the identification and management of risk, with robust policies and procedures covering all aspects of the authority's activities. This ensures that both strategic and operational risks are fully considered in the development of improvement plans and projects, and in the effective delivery of services. The Council's approach to risk management is available from the Head of Finance.

Council tax

Although Elmbridge Borough Council collects all of the council tax for the Borough, we actually only receive 11.9% of the money collected. The bulk of the money goes to Surrey County Council and Surrey Police for their services in this Borough. Residents living in Claygate pay slightly more as a contribution to the Claygate Parish Council, which is set by the Parish Councillors themselves. Last year we collected a total of £114m in council tax for all of the above organisations, with a collection rate of 98.9%, one of the best in the Country. We also collect business rates acting as an agent for Central Government and Surrey County Council, and as principal in respect of our own proportion of receipts under the new Business Rates Retention Scheme, where the collection rate was 99.2%.

Organisation  Money  Percentage 
Where the money went in 2017/18 (based on Band D)
 Surrey County Council  £1,331.55  75.5%
 Elmbridge Borough Council  £211.00  11.9%
 Surrey Police  £224.57  12.7%
 Total (Band D)  £1,767.12      100%


Every pound last year was spent on
 Service  From £1 spent
 Environment and Highways £3.4m e.g. recycling and refuse collection  18p
 Leisure and culture £4.2m e.g. parks, museum and open spaces  23p
 Social affairs £2.5m e.g. community transport  14p
 Corporate development £2.5m e.g. electoral registration  13p
 Planning and Licensing £2.7m e.g. processing planning applications  15p
 Housing £2.0m e.g. securing affordable homes  11p
 Resources £0.8m e.g. council tax collection  4p
 Community development £0.3m e.g. CCTV  2p


Our capital programme

In addition to income and expenditure on the day to day running of our services, we have what is called a 'capital programme' for funding large projects such as renovation of buildings and purchase of new assets. The Capital Programme for 2017/18 was financed from CIL and other grants and contributions, capital receipts received from the sale of surplus property, revenue underspends and external borrowing.

The major items of capital expenditure in 2017/18 were corporate property assets, housing grants and information technology. View a more detailed list of the Council's investment in capital projects.

Medium term financial strategy

In February 2019 the Council approved its 2019/20 Budget and the Medium term financial strategy projecting the financial position of the Council in the Medium Term.

Fair funding review

On the 13 December 2018 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a technical consultation on the assessment of local authorities' relative needs, relative resources and transitional arrangements. More details on the consultation can be found here.

The consultation sought views on the approach to measuring the relative needs and resources of local authorities, which will determine new baseline funding allocations for local authorities in England in 2020-21. View Elmbridge's response to the consultation.

Looking to the coming year

The budget for the year, April 2019 to March 2020, has been set at £17.7 million together with a capital programme of £29.8 million. These are the amounts that we believe we will need in order for us to continue providing our high quality services and to meet the ambitious targets and projects set for the year.

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