Brentwood Borough Council

Delay in publication of 2020-21 audited accounts

The external audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ending 31 March 2021 has not yet been completed by our external auditors, EY LLP, as it is scheduled to take place after the end of September 2021 at the request of our external auditors. This is to make sure that there are sufficient and appropriate audit resources to safeguard audit quality and professional standards.

This situation is allowed by Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, as amended by the Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 No. 404. For more information, visit legislation.gov.uk – Accounts and audit regulations 2015 and Legislation.gov.uk - The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

This notification explains, as per Regulation 10 paragraph (2a), that we're not yet able to publish our audited 2020/21 final statement of accounts in line with publication date of 30 September 2021, as per paragraph (1).

The Audit and Scrutiny Committee currently expects to receive EYs LLP’s audit results report for their 2020/21 audit at the meeting on 25 January 2022. The committee also expects to receive at the same meeting the final audited accounts for approval and publication.

The unaudited statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

30 September 2021

Jacqueline Van Mellaerts CPFA, Corporate Director (Finance & Resources) & S151 Officer

Statement of Accounts