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Public Notice - Notice That The Public Inspection Period Has Not Been Commenced 2022/23


Notice That The Public Inspection Period Has Not Been Commenced 2022/23

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 June 2023.

The Council has been unable to commence the public inspection period by this statutory date as at this stage, the draft 2022/23 statement of accounts have not been confirmed by the council's Section 151 Officer as presenting a true and fair view.  This is because audit work from the 2020/21 accounts is incomplete, and audit work on the 2021/22 accounts has not yet commenced due to the external auditor's lack of resources.  These accounts will be formally signed and issued for public inspection in due course.

Date: 31 May 2023

Owen Sparks - Director of Resources (Section 151 Officer)

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