Delay to the Notice of the Commencement of the Period for the Exercise of Public Rights
The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
The Council is required by The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 to present its Statement of Accounts (and associated documents) for public inspection for a period of 30 days which must include the first 10 working days of June, this allows for a common inspection period with all other (Category 1) Local Authorities.
However, having considered the increasing impact of 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.
Notice of the commencement of the period for exercise of public rights (including the inspection of the accounts and associated documents) will be published on the Council's website in advance of the start date.
Exercise of Public Rights
A local government elector for the Rossendale area may inspect and make copies of 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.
The documents referred to above will be available for inspection at the Council's Offices, The Business Centre, Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB by prior arrangement.
Please telephone 01706 217777 to make an appointment.
Printed copies are available on payment of a small charge to cover administrative costs.
Karen Spencer, Head of Finance (Section 151 Officer), Rossendale Borough Council.
29 July 2020