Inspecting the Accounts 2019/20
The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Due to the impact that COVID-19 is having on local authorities as they divert resources to support the community in these unprecedented times, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has extended the statutory deadlines for local authorities to approve and publish their accounts for the 2019/20 financial year.
The revised deadlines applicable to local authorities are as follows:
- Approve Draft Accounts 31 August 2020 (previously 31 May)
- Public Inspection Period to start on or before first working day of September 2020 (previously included first 10 working days of June)
- Publish Final Audited Accounts 30 November 2020 (previously 31 July)
The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 have implemented these new deadlines by amending the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.
A further notice will be issued in due course that will detail the period and arrangements for public inspection of the accounts.