Councils exist to serve the public. Most have helplines and helpdesks to help local people sort out problems they may have with services, benefits, and local taxes and charges. But, even in the best councils, things can go wrong.
The information available from the Audit Commission summarises your rights to inspect, question and object to councils' accounts. It starts with a short outline and then gives you more details if you want to know more.
Please note: 'Local councils' includes parish councils, town councils, joint committees of these bodies and parish meetings.
See the Audit Commission for further information.