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Funding and 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 Visitor 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.


Statements of Account

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority


Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Section 25 and 26 The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 Regulations 14 and 15

Notice is given that from 2nd August to 17th September on 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 2021, 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.  It should be noted that the statement of accounts is unaudited and may be subject to change.   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.

This is a departure from normal practice in which the unaudited accounts are published on 31st May each year. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has, in light of the Covid – 19 pandemic, changed the reporting dates from 31st May 2021 to 31st July 2021.

Questions may be received at the YDNPA Offices, by arrangement with the external auditor, Dan Spiller, Ernst & Young LLP, 2 St Peters Square, Manchester, M2 3DF 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 2nd day of August 2021 

D BUTTERWORTH, Chief Executive, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Yoredale, Bainbridge, North Yorkshire, DL8 3EL

Members Allowances and Expenses

A 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.