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Accounts for the financial year 2019 to 2020

Delay to the Notice of the Commencement of the Period for the Exercise of Public Rights

The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Council is required by The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 to present its Statement of Accounts (and associated documents) for public inspection for a period of 30 days which must include the first 10 working days of June, this allows for a common inspection period with all other (Category 1) Local Authorities.

However, having considered the increasing impact of COVID19 on Local Authorities as they divert resources to support the community in these unprecedented times, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has extended the statutory deadlines for local authorities to approve and publish their accounts for the 2019/20 financial year.

The revised deadlines applicable to local authorities are as follows:

  • Approve Draft Accounts 31 August 2020 (previously 31 May).
  • Public Inspection Period to start on or before first working day of September 2020 (previously included first 10 working days of June).
  • Publish Final Audited Accounts 30 November 2020 (previously 31 July).

The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 have implemented these new deadlines by amending the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.

Birmingham City Council Statement of Accounts: Financial Year 2019 to 2020

The Council's Draft Statement of Accounts which includes Group Accounts, the Narrative Statement and the Draft Annual Governance Statement was signed by Rebecca Hellard, Chief Finance Officer and Section 151 Officer and passed to Grant Thornton for external audit on 28 August 2020.

The web version of the Draft Statement of Accounts does not include a signature for security purposes. 

Download the Draft Statement of Accounts

Audit of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015

The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Notice of Public Rights

NOTICE is given that the Draft Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been published on the Council’s website. The Draft Statement of Accounts is unaudited and may be subject to change.

The period for the exercise of public rights commences 10.00am on 1 September 2020 and will conclude on 12 October 2020 at 4.00pm.

Local electors can request to have a copy of the draft accounts sent to them either by writing to Annette Rowe, Finance & Governance Directorate, Finance (WS), PO Box 16306, Birmingham B2 2XR, by emailing annette.rowe@birmingham.gov.uk or by telephoning 0121 303 3313 or 0121 303 4667.

Due to restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic, access to view a copy of the draft accounts in person at 10 Woodcock Street will only be available by prior arrangement. Please contact us via one of the channels above to discuss this, if you are unable to access a copy of the draft accounts by any other means.

During this time, you can also see supporting documents including books, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts, and ask for copies of these or of the accounts. However, the law does not give you a right to see documents which are protected by commercial confidentiality, or to see personal information relating to a particular individual.

NOTICE is given that from 1 September 2020 to 12 October 2020, a local government elector for any area to which the accounts relate, or their representative, may question the auditor about the accounts, as set out in Section 26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

NOTICE is given that from 1 September 2020 to 12 October 2020 any such elector may make objections to the auditor, under Section 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, relating to any matter where the auditor could take action under:

  • Section 28 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, namely, to apply to the court for a declaration that an item in the accounts is contrary to law, and/or
  • Section 24 and paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, namely, to make a report in the public interest.

No objection may be made unless the auditor has previously received written notice of the proposed objection, specifying the facts on which the objector relies and the grounds on which the objection is being made. A copy of that written notice must also be sent at the same time to: Rebecca Hellard, Chief Finance Officer, Finance (WS), PO Box 16306, Birmingham, B2 2XR.

 

The Auditor’s address is: Grant Thornton UK LLP, The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6AT.