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Public Inspection Notice

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS

AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS YEAR ENDED 31st MARCH 2021

ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2015

ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 2021

ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT (CORONORVIRUS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 2021

LOCAL AUDIT AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT 2014

In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Government has introduced ‘The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021’. These Regulations provide authorities with additional time to complete the audit of their accounts for 2020-21, given the impact of the Covid-19 virus on the availability of local authority staff and auditors to complete the audit process within current deadlines. These Regulations apply only in relation to annual accounts relating to the 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years.

The period for the exercise of public rights under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 is normally required to include the first 10 working days of June. However, the requirement has been suspended for 2020 and 2021. This means that for the deadline to publish the Council’s unaudited accounts has now moved from 31st May 2021 to 31st July 2021, with the deadline for publishing audited statements being moved from 31st July 2021 to 30th September 2021.

The Council’s accounts are subject to external audit by Peter Barber for and on behalf of Grant Thornton UK LLP of The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Birmingham B4 6AT.  Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process:

  1. Notice is hereby given that from 20th July 2021 to the 31st August 2021 (inclusive) between the hours of 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday any person may on reasonable notice, inspect and receive copies of the accounts of the Council for the year ended 31st March 2021 and certain related documents (comprising books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts), as stipulated in sections 25 and 26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, by sending an email request to customerservice@wyreforestdc.gov.uk. Please note a copy of the Councils unaudited accounts will be available on the Councils website www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk from 19th July 2021
  2. During this period, a local government elector of any area to which the accounts relate, or their representative may question the auditor about the accounts, or make an objection to the accounts as set out in sections 26 and 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Any objection, and the grounds on which it is made, must be sent to the auditor in writing, with a copy to Tracey Southall at the address given below. Any objection must state the grounds on which the objection is being made and particular of:

a. any item of account which is alleged to be contrary to law; and

b. any matter in respect of which it is proposed that the auditor could make a public interest report under section 24 of, and paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 to the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

Objections should be addressed to the auditor, Grant Thornton UK LLP at The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Birmingham B4 6AT.

A guide to your rights can be found at https://www.nao.org.uk/code-audit-practice/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/03/Council-accounts-a-guide-to-your-rights.pdf#:~:text=A%3A%20When%20authorities%20have%20finished%20preparing%20accounts%20for,exercise%20your%20statutory%20right%20to%20inspect%20the%20accounts.

Please note that the accounts published for public rights of inspection are draft unaudited accounts and as such may be subject to change.

Dated 19th July 2021

 

Tracey Southall CPFA, MAAT

Corporate Director: Resources

Wyre Forest House

Finepoint Way

Kidderminster

Worcestershire

DY11 7WF

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