Draft Statement of Accounts delayed

Published Friday, 29th May 2020

The publication of our draft Statement of Accounts has been delayed due to COVID-19

Notice of delayed publication of the Councils Draft Statement of Accounts for 2019/20

We normally publish a draft set of accounts at the end of May each year. The draft accounts are subject to audit by Grant Thornton and the final audited accounts are normally published by 31 July.

Once the draft accounts are published there is a 30 day period for public inspection, which must include the first 10 working days in June.

However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the Government has issued regulations in relation to local authority accounts for the financial year ending 31 March 2020 which:

  • Extend the publication date for audited accounts from 31 July to 30 November 2020, and
  • Remove the requirement for the public inspection period to include the first 10 working days in June. Instead, we have to start the public inspection period on or before the first working day of September 2020.

The above changes have been made for the 2019/20 year of account only. The Council will publish a further update in due course giving notice of when the draft accounts for 2019/20 have been approved for publication and details of the period for public inspection.