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Audit of Accounts 2020/21

Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority

Audit of Accounts 2020/21

Notice of Public Rights

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015

The outbreak of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority taking all necessary measures to minimise disruption to the emergency response. In response to this unprecedented situation the Government have introduced Regulations (The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021) in the need to reduce the pressure on Authorities to comply with legal deadlines. These Regulations provide authorities with additional time to complete the audit of their accounts for 2020/21. These Regulations apply only in relation to annual accounts relating to the 2020/21 financial year.

The period for the exercise of public rights under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 is normally required to include the first 10 working days of June. However, because of the potential impact of the COVID-19 virus on local authorities’ ability to have prepared their draft statement of accounts by the end of May, the requirement has been suspended for 2021.

  1. From Thursday 29 July 2021 to Friday 10 September 2021 inclusive (excluding weekends and public holidays) between 10am and 4.30pm, any person interested, on application to the Treasurer, Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority, Brigade Headquarters, Stocklake, Aylesbury, HP20 1BD, may inspect and make copies of the above-named Authority’s accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating thereto.
  2. During this period, a local government elector and their representatives also have:
    1. The opportunity to question the Auditor about the accounts.
    2. The right to attend before the Appointed Auditor and make objections to the accounts or any items in them. Objections may relate to an item of account alleged to be contrary to law, sums which have not been brought into account or matters which could be brought to the attention of the Authority or the public. No objection to the accounts may be made unless the Auditor has previously received written notice of the proposed objection and of the grounds on which it is made. Where an elector sends notice to the Auditor, he shall at the same time send a copy of the notice to the undersigned.
  3. The Appointed Auditor is Neil Harris, Associate Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, 400 Capability Green, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3LU and the audit will be conducted under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act and the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.

 Mark Hemming, Director of Finance & Treasurer

 Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority,

Brigade Headquarters, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1BD

For more information call 01296 744662

or email mhemming@bucksfire.gov.uk