Funding and accounts

Funding and accounts

We receive most of our money through the National Park Grant from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The rest of our income comes from trading and sales income, fees and charges, and donations through Donate for Dartmoor.

We set a balanced budget for each financial year and monitor it throughout the year to ensure that we keep our spending under control.

Dartmoor Budget Report 2023-24

Audit and inspection

Auditors appointed by the Authority via Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited (PSAA), carry out various inspections of how the Authority conducts its affairs and publishes findings in reports. In particular, inspection concentrates on our Accounts, the Annual Governance Statement and Value for Money arrangements.

Notice of appointment of auditor from 2018/19

Under Section 8(2) of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Authority must publish a notice relating to the appointment of its local auditor.

For audits of accounts from 1 April 2018, Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited (PSAA) is responsible for appointing an auditor to principal local government and police bodies that have chosen to opt into its national auditor appointment arrangements. Dartmoor National Park Authority opted into this arrangement. On 14 December 2017, the PSAA board approved the appointment of Grant Thornton (UK) LLP to audit the accounts of Dartmoor National Park Authority for a period of five years, covering the accounts from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2023. This appointment is made under Regulation 13 of the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015.

Statement of Accounts

Notification of a delay to the publication of the audited Statement of Accounts for 2022-23.

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.

The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2022.

Under section 10 of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, the Authority is required to publish its annual Statement of Accounts by 31st May each year. The publishing deadline for audited Statement of Accounts for 2022/23 is 30th September 2023. If the audit has not concluded by 30th September, the Authority is required to publish the reasons for this under Section 10.2a of the Regulations.

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, Grant Thornton 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. (See attached link: 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 30th September 2023, as per paragraph (1).

The Audit and Governance Committee will consider the results of the 2022/23 audit, after which we will publish the final audited accounts.

The latest draft Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2023 is available to view below, subject to conclusion of the audit.

Dated: 29th September 2023
Angela Stirland
Head of Business Support
Dartmoor National Park Authority
Bovey Tracey
Newton Abbot
TQ13 9JQ

Annual Statement of Accounts

Annual Governance ReportAnnual Audit letter
Annual Statement of Accounts 2022-23 (unaudited)  
Annual Statement of Accounts 2021-22Audit Findings Report 2021-22Auditor's Annual Report 2021-22
Annual Statement of Accounts 2020-21Audit Findings Report 2020-21Auditor's Annual Report 2020-21
Annual Statement of Accounts 2019-20Audit Findings Report 2019-20Annual Audit Letter 2020-21
Annual Statement of Accounts 2018-19Audit Findings Report 2018-19Annual Audit Letter 2018-19
Annual Statement of Accounts 2017-18Audit Findings Report 2017-18Annual Audit Letter 2017-18
Annual Statement of Accounts 2016-17Audit Findings Report 2016-17Annual Audit Letter 2016-17
Annual Statement of Accounts 2015-16Audit Findings Report 2015-16Annual Audit Letter 2015-16
Annual Statement of Accounts 2014-15Audit Findings Report 2014-15Annual Audit Letter 2014-15
Annual Statement of Accounts 2013-14Audit Findings Report 2013-14Annual Audit Letter 2013-14
Annual Statement of Accounts 2012-13Annual Governance Report 2012-13Annual Audit Letter 2012-13
Annual Statement of Accounts 2011-12Annual Governance Report 2011-12Annual Audit Letter 2011-12

Local Spending Data

We publish details of all items of expenditure; including all Government Procurement Card (GPC) spending.

Our Local Spending Data excludes:

  • payments to staff paid through payroll
  • payments to HM Revenue and Customs relating to VAT and payroll
  • pension-related payments.

We have included invoice and grant payments to individuals, but have redacted personal data.

You can download the data as a PDF or CSV file.

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