Notification of Delay of Publication of Accounts 2021/22
Delayed, Audit and Public Inspection of the unaudited Statement of Accounts for year ended 31 March 2022.
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 – Regulation 15, as amended by The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021, and by The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2022.
The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations require the Council to publish the unaudited Statement of Accounts for the financial year ending 31 March 2022 and make these available for public inspection on or before 1 August. The publication of the unaudited Statement of Accounts 2021/22 was delayed. The unaudited Statement of Accounts 2021/22 have now been published on the Council’s website. The publication of the audited accounts, which takes place after the exercise of public rights and the external audit of the accounts, the deadline, which is 30th September, is also delayed.
The council has liaised with their appointed external auditor, Grant Thornton LLP. This notice of delayed audit is being published in accordance with Regulation 15, paragraph (1A(a)) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, as amended by the Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021.
The council has been unable to commence the statutory period for public inspection of the council’s accounting records for the financial year ended 31 March 2022 by the first working day in August as required by paragraph 15 of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (as amended). The Council has not been able to commence the period for the exercise of public rights, but will issue a notice in consultation with its External Auditors.
The delay has arisen due to a combination of factors, comprising the following:
- Resourcing and technical training in the Accountancy Team due to staff turnover in the past two years.
- The reduced available staff resources completing the 2020/21 Accounts, which were signed off in March 2022
The council will also publish its audited statement of accounts as soon as reasonably practicable after the receipt of any report from the auditor which contains the auditor’s final findings from the audit which is issued before the conclusion of the audit.
Executive Head of Service (Finance and Strategy) – Section 151 Officer
1 November 2022