Notice About the Audit of the Financial Statements 2020-21

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, sections 26 and 27

Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015, Regulations 14 and 15

The Council’s draft statement of accounts are subject to external audit by Debbie Hanson, Associate Partner, Ernst & Young LLP of 400, Capability Green, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 3LU. 

The draft statement of accounts were available for public inspection from Monday 2 August to Friday 10 September 2021.

The external audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 has not yet been completed by our external auditors, EY LLP, due to the audit being rescheduled. This situation is allowed for by Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015. (See attached link:, subsequently amended by This notification explains, as per paragraph (2a), that the Council is not yet able to publish its audited 2020/21 final statement of accounts in line with deadline of 30th September 2021, as per paragraph (1). The Audit Committee will consider the results of the 2020/21 audit, after which the Council will publish the final audited accounts. Further detail can be found in a letter from EY under the Related Content section. 

The draft financial statements will remain under the Related Content section until the final audited accounts are available.