Inspection of Accounts 2020-21 delay

Inspection of 2020-21 Statement of Accounts - Changes in Statutory Deadlines

It is usual for the Draft Statement of Accounts to be placed on to the Council's website on 31 May and be available for inspection during June and half of July.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has put in place revised regulations that came into force on 31 March 2021. The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 extend the statutory audit deadlines for 2020-21 and 2021-22 for all local authorities.

The publication date for audited accounts has moved from 31 July to 30 September 2021 for all local authority bodies.

As a result of the revised statutory deadlines, the requirement for the public inspection period to include the first 10 working days of June has been removed. Instead, local authorities must start the public inspection period on or before the first working day of August 2021. This means that accounts must be confirmed by the responsible finance officer (RFO) and be published by 31 July 2021 at the latest.

Notice of the Council’s 2020/21 Annual Statement of Accounts public inspection period will be made on the Council’s website on completion of the Annual Statement of Accounts (subject to audit).

David Hill
Director of Corporate Resources

Last Updated on Friday, August 20, 2021