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Funding & accounts

Most of our funding comes from the Government via the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the form of an annual national park grant settlement. We also attract significant external funding and generate our own income from a variety of other sources such as other grants (including EU), interest earned on cash balances, planning application fee income, car park charges and retail services through our National Park Centres.

Our accounts are prepared in line with appropriate accounting standards and practices and have a reporting period from 1 April to 31 March in the following year. Following completion, accounts are subject to audit by external auditors who work in conjunction with the Authority's own internal auditors to form an opinion on the accounts, systems and management arrangements of the Authority. This is included in the statement of accounts along with details of where our money comes from and how it is spent. We are required to have the audited statement of accounts approved by 31 July following the end of the financial year.

The Authority prepares a rolling three year financial plan which is reviewed annually by management and approved by the Authority prior to the start of the following financial year.

The budgets and statements of final account can be downloaded using the links provided.

Financial regulations

The National Park Authority's Financial Regulations apply to all of the Authority's activities. They form an integral part of the procedural and control framework within which Members and officers can ensure that the best standards of financial management and administration are applied in the discharge of the Authority's statutory duties.

Members' allowances and expenses

The Scheme of Members' Allowances sets out the range of allowances and expenses available to Members of the Authority and the independent members of the Standards Committee during the course of their work for the Authority.

Details of the allowances and expenses that have been paid to Members can be downloaded using the links provided.

Inspection of Accounts



Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Section 26 and 27

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015

Regulations 14 and 15

Notice is given that from 31st Mayto the 30th Juneon weekdays between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm, any person interested may inspect and make copies of the accounts of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority for the year ended 31st March 2018, and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to those records. The accounts and other documents will be available for inspection at the offices at which they are normally kept. Application should be made initially to the Section 151 Officer, Richard Burnett at the Bainbridge office.

Notice is also given that, during the same period, the auditors, at the request of a local government elector for any area to which the accounts relate, will give the elector or their representative, an opportunity to question them about the accounts and make any objections to any matter in respect of which the auditors could take action under Sections 15 or 16 of the Audit Commission Act 1998 (namely an unlawful item of account, failure to bring a sum into account, or loss or deficiency caused by wilful misconduct) or could make a report in the public interest under Section 8 of the Act.

Questions may be received at the YDNPA Offices, by arrangement with the external auditor, Jon Dell, Ernst & Young LLP, 100 Barbirolli Square, Manchester, M2 3EY to whom requests for this purpose should be addressed. No objection may be made unless the auditor has previously received written notice of the proposed objection and its grounds. A copy of the notice must be sent to David Butterworth at the address below at the same time as the notice is sent to the auditor.

Dated this 19th day of April 2018


Chief Executive        

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority



North Yorkshire