Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, Regulation 15(2) b and
Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021
The Council’s accounts are subject to external audit by Mazars LLP, 5th Floor Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP. Tel: 0113 3945316. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process:
Notice of rights in relation to the statement of accounts of Craven District Council for the financial year ended 31 March 2021
Rights to inspect the statement of accounts and accounting records
Sections 25 and 26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 (‘the Act’) provide local government electors and journalists with the right to inspect and make copies of the statement of accounts, accounting records and all documents relating to those records, for the financial year ended 31 March 2021.
At present, the Council has not been able to publish its draft accounts and commence the period for the exercise of public rights. This is due to other work pressures, including the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the extended absence of key members of staff.
The period of public inspection will commence in due course for the statutory 30-day period. Notice will be given when the accounts have been published.
Delay in publishing audited Statement of Accounts: Year Ended 31 March 2021
Publication of Craven District Council's Statement of Accounts and Audit Opinion
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, Mazars LLP, due to the delay in producing the Draft Statement coupled with resource availability shortfalls.
This situation is allowed for by Regulation 10, paragraph (2) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234) https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/234/regulation/10 , as amended by the Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/263)
This notification explains, as per Regulation 10 (2) (a), that we are not yet able to publish our audited 2020/21 Statement of Accounts in line with publication date of 30 September 2021, as per Regulation 10 (1). The [Authority] is continuing to work closely with the external auditor to ensure the required work is completed as soon as possible. In line with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, Craven District Council published a notice of the delay to publish a draft Statement of Accounts subject to audit on 4thAugust 2021. The Draft and the final audited Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 will be published as soon as the audit is concluded, and the Independent Auditor’s Report issued.
Chief Finance Officer, S151
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