Delay notice of publication and audit of accounts 2020-21

The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 require the Council to publish the unaudited Statement of Accounts for the financial year ending 31 March 2021 by 30 September 2021.

Notice is given that:

1) The Council has not yet completed and published the draft Statement of Accounts for 2020-21 and commenced the period for the exercise of public inspection.

2) The external audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 has not yet been completed by our external auditors, EY LLP, due to delays with previous year’s statements. This situation is allowed for by Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.

3) The Council will publish a draft set of accounts as soon as reasonably practicable, following which the period for the exercise of public inspection will commence.

4) Therefore, this notification explains, as per paragraph (2a), that we are not yet able to publish our audited 2020/21 final statement of accounts in line with deadline of 30 September 2021, as per paragraph (1). The Audit and Governance Committee will consider the results of the 2020/21 audit once it is available after which we will publish the final audited accounts.

Darren Carter
Director of Finance and S151 Officer