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Audit of accounts year ended 31 March 2021

Statement of public rights made under the requirements of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and in line with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 as amended by the Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) amendments regulations 2020 (SI2020/404) and Accounts and Audit Amendment Regulations 2021 (SI2021/263).

Please Note: The public inspection period for 2020/21 has been delayed due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Council operations and services. The Accounts and Audit Amendment Regulations 2021 requires authorities to commence their inspection period on or before the first working day of August. Prior to the 2021 Amendments, the requirement was for an authority to set an inspection period that included the first 10 working days of June except that, for the audit of accounts year ended 31 March 2020, a similar Amendment Regulation [Accounts and Audit (CORONAVIRUS) Amendments Regulation 2020] also took effect.

The Council is required to publish its unaudited 2020/21 Statement of Accounts by 31 July 2021. The planned publication date falls in advance of this deadline; the inspection period will therefore commence on 19 July 2021.

Public Inspection Period

Notice is hereby given that for the 30 working days between 19 July 2021 and 27 August 2021 (inclusive) between 8.30am and 5.00pm Mondays to Thursdays and 8.30am and 4.30pm on Fridays, any person may inspect and make copies of the accounts and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts, and other related documents of the Council for the year ended 31 March 2021. The accounts and other documents will be available for inspection at the address given below by prior arrangement at reasonable notice. Please telephone 01984 600173 to make an appointment.

A guide to the public rights and can also be accessed from the National Audit Office.

During this period, a local government elector for any area to which the accounts relate, or their representative, may question the auditor about the accounts, or make an objection to the accounts as set out in sections 26 and 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Any objection, and the grounds on which it is made, must be sent to the auditor in writing, with a copy to Paul Fitzgerald, s151 Officer, Somerset West and Taunton Council at the address below.

Any objection must state the grounds on which the objection is being made and particulars of:

  1. any item of account which is alleged to be contrary to law; and
  2. any matter in respect of which it is proposed that the auditor could make a public interest report under section 24 of, and paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 to, the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

Objections should be addressed to the auditor,

Grant Thornton LLP
2 Glass Wharf
Bristol
BS2 0EL

Date: 30 June 2021

Mr P Fitzgerald
Assistant Director – Finance and s151 Officer
Somerset West and Taunton Council
Deane House
Belvedere Road
Taunton