In response to an unprecedented situation across the UK relating to COVID-19 and the need to reduce the pressure on authorities to comply with legal deadlines, the Government have introduced The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. These Regulations provide authorities with additional time to complete the audit of their accounts for 2019/20, 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 due to sickness or redeployment. These Regulations apply only in relation to annual accounts relating to the 2019/20 financial year.
For Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council the deadline to publish its audited statements being pushed back from 31 July 2020 to 30 November 2020.
The unaudited 2019/20 statement of accounts, which includes the annual governance statement and narrative statement, is available via the Audit and Standards Commitee for 27 July 2020 agenda - this can be found here. In addition the audited statement of accounts from 2009/10 to 2018/9 are also available to download.
The availability of the accounts and supporting documents for inspection is advertised well before the audit begins. The status of the statement of accounts 2019/20 is unaudited.
After the audit has been completed, the auditor sends an annual audit and inspection letter to the Council which contains his findings, drawing elected members' attention to any matters which he feels they should be made aware of. The completion of the audit and the availability of the audited statement of accounts is set out in the Council's Audit Conclusion Notice.
The rights of individuals to inspect the accounts are described in the National Audit Office's document “Council Accounts - a guide to your rights” (external link).
Notice of appointment of auditor from 2019/20
Under Section 8(2) of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Council must publish a notice relating to the appointment of its auditor. Please see details below.
Last updated 17 July 2020