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Notice That The Public Inspection Period Has Not Been Commenced - Accounts for Year Ended 31 March 2022

Under section 26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, any persons interested have a right at the audit of the accounts each year to inspect the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records.

Regulations 14 and 15 of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (as amended) require that this right (and associated rights) are exercisable over a single period of 30 working days, commencing no later than 1 August 2022.

The Council has been unable to commence the public inspection period by this statutory date as the 2020/21 Statement of Accounts are still subject to external audit (see public notice at Public Notice - Notice of audit still in progress 2020/21).  The Section 151 Officer is therefore unable to certify at this stage that the 2021/22 accounts show a true and fair view.  All reasonable endeavours will be made to publish the draft Statement of Accounts for inspection at the earliest possible date.

In the meantime, an early draft of the 2021/22 Statement of Accounts has been published (Annual Financial Reports) but this is not currently open for inspection and may be updated before publication for inspection.

Date: 29 July 2022

Owen Sparks - Director of Resources (Section 151 Officer)

Basildon Borough Council, Basildon Centre, St Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex. SS14 1DL