The annual statement of accounts summarises our income and expenditure for a particular financial year
Having consulted with key stakeholders and taking into consideration the increasing impact of COVID-19, the Government have decided that:
The publication date for final, audited, accounts will move from 31 July for Category 1 authorities and 30 September for Category 2 authorities to 30 November 2020 for all local authority bodies.
To give local authorities more flexibility, the requirement for the public inspection period to include the first 10 working days of June (for Category 1 authorities) and July (for Category 2 authorities) has been removed. Instead local authorities must commence the public inspection period on or before the first working day of September 2020.
The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 implementing these measures came into force on 30 April 2020.
The public inspection period that would normally have commenced on 1 June has therefore been delayed until the draft accounts for 2019/20 are complete. A further notification will be published as soon as the draft accounts are available for inspection.