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Internal audit

1. Statement of accounts

Public Inspection of Buckinghamshire Council unaudited Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022

The draft statement of accounts for 2021/2022 isn't complete yet due to delays in the audit of our 2020/2021 accounts.

We will not be able to start the exercise of public rights of inspection for the unaudited statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022 in accordance with Regulation 15, of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234) as amended by the Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/263).

As per Regulation 15 (2a), this notification explains that we are unable to publish our draft statement of accounts for 2021 to 2022 in line with the publication date of 31 July 2022. In accordance with Regulation 15 (2b), we are unable to set the period for the exercise of public rights. Officers are continuing to work hard to ensure the audit work for 2020/2021 is completed and the draft statement of accounts for 2021/2022 is completed as soon as possible.

We will publish the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022 and a notice detailing the public inspection period as soon as possible.

 

External audit of accounts: year ended 31 March 2021

Publication of Buckinghamshire Council's statement of accounts and audit opinion.

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 – Regulation 10, as amended by
The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021

The audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 for Buckinghamshire Council has not yet been completed by the external auditors, Grant Thornton UK LLP. The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 require that the audited accounts and opinion are published by 30 September 2021.

The delay has arisen due to a combination of factors, comprising the following:

  • the impact of Covid-19 on both the complexity of the audit and pace at which it can be completed
  • the inherent complexity of our 2020 to 2021 statement of accounts which covers the first year of existence for the new Buckinghamshire Council
  • the increased assurance work that auditors are required to carry out nationally with respect to pensions and asset valuations

We continue to work closely with the external auditor to ensure the required work is completed followed by the publication of statement of accounts and audit opinion as soon as is reasonably practicable.

Therefore, this notice of delayed audit is being published in accordance with Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.

Our Audit and Governance Committee was formally advised of this matter on 29 September 2021 and subject to the delegations agreed at this committee the final audited accounts will be published as soon as the audit is concluded.

 

Previous statement of accounts

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Statement of accounts for our previous districts

As of 1 April 2020, the above four local areas, and the former county council, now form Buckinghamshire Council. A shadow authority was established to help manage this transitional period. 

 

2. Budget

Budget 2022/23

Each February, following a public consultation period, our Cabinet recommend a budget and Council Tax for the coming year.

At its meeting on 23 February 2022, Full Council approved the Revenue Budget and Capital Programme and set the Council Tax for 2022/23.

View the budget paper for 2022/23.

 

 

3. Internal audit

We independently review the our control systems, produce a statement of internal financial control for the annual statutory accounts, investigate cases of fraud and irregularity, and provide advice and consultancy to all areas of the Council.

For more information please write to the Chief Internal Auditor, County Hall, Aylesbury HP20 1UD.

To report suspected fraud or a corrupt act call 01296 382237 or email audit@buckscc.gov.uk.