Thanet District Council
AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2021
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, section 24 schedule 7 and sections 25 – 28
Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 Regulations 9, 10, 14, 15, and 21, and Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
The Council’s accounts are subject to external audit by Sarah Ironmonger, Director, Grant Thornton UK LLP, 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG. Sarah.L.Ironmonger@uk.gt.com. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights of inspection and objection in the audit process.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the Secretary of State has given local authorities more flexibility with regard to the requirement for the public inspection period to include the first 10 working days of June. Under the Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 this requirement has been removed, instead local authorities must commence the public inspection period on or before the first working day of August 2021.
In accordance with the amended regulations:
- From 2 August 2021 to 13 September 2021 between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm each weekday any person may inspect the accounts of the Council for the year ended 31 March 2021 and certain related documents (comprising books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts). They may also have copies of the accounts and documents. An intention to inspect should be submitted to me at the email address below in order to make suitable arrangements.
- From 10am on 2 August 2021 to 13 September 2021 a local government elector for the area of the Council, or his/her representative, may ask the auditor questions about the accounts. Please contact the auditor at the address given above to make arrangements to ask any questions.
- From 10am on 2 August 2021 to 13 September 2021 a local government elector for the area of the Council, or his/her representative, may object to the Council’s accounts asking that the auditor issue a report in the public interest (under section 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014) and/or apply to the court for a declaration that an item in the accounts is contrary to law (under section 28 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014). Written notice of a proposed objection must state the grounds on which it is made and particulars of any item of account which is alleged to be contrary to law; and any matter in respect of which it is proposed that the auditor could make a public interest report (section 24, paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014). Objections should be sent to the auditor at the address given above and copied to me at the address given below.
Dated: 15 July 2021
Chris Blundell CPFA (Director of Finance and Deputy Section 151 Officer)
Thanet District Council, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent, CT9 1XZ