The Statement of Accounts provides valuable information about how the council has used the financial resources available to it. The report is required by law and sets out in concise form various statutory and other relevant information.

Public notice of draft statement of accounts 2020-21

Audit of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021

The public inspection period for 2020-21 has been delayed due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Council operations and services. The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 require local authorities to commence their inspection period on or before the first working day of August 2021. Prior to the 2021 Amendments, the requirement was for an authority to set an inspection period that included the first 10 working days of June except that, for the audit of accounts year ended 31 March 2020, when a similar amendment regulation 'Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020' also took effect.

The Council is required to publish its unaudited 2020-21 Statement of Accounts by 31 July 2021. The planned publication date falls in advance of this deadline, therefore the inspection period will commence on 30 July 2021.

Period for the exercise of public rights

Each year the Council's accounts are subject to external audit.  The audit for the year ended 31 March 2021 is being carried out by Ernst & Young LLP, Grosvenor House, Grosvenor Square, Southampton, SO15 2BE tel: 02380 382000.

Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in respect of the accounts and audit process:

1.     In accordance with Regulation 9(1)(b) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) any rights of objection, inspection and questioning of the local auditor may be exercised between Friday 30 July 2021 until Thursday 9 September 2021 between 9am and 4.30pm.

2.     During the period at (1) any persons interested may:

a.     inspect the Statement of Accounts and the accounting records of the Council for the year ended 31 March 2021, and certain related documents (comprising books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and other documents relating to those records) at the address given below; 

b.     make copies of all or any part of those records or documents; but not inspect and copy documents that contain personal information about a member of staff or information that is protected on the grounds of commercial confidentiality; and,  

c.     ask for copies of the accounts and any public interest report to be delivered to them.

3.     The Council may make a reasonable copying charge. 

4.     In accordance with Regulation 14 of the Regulations any rights of objection, inspection and questioning of the local auditor may only be exercised within the period of 30 days at (1), above. Please contact the Associate Partner at the address given above to make arrangements to ask any questions or object to the Council's accounts. Written notice of a proposed objection and the grounds on which it is made must be sent to the Associate Partner at the address given above and copied to me at the following address:       

J. Ward CPFA
Director of Corporate Services
Chichester District Council
East Pallant House,
East Pallant,
West Sussex.
PO19 1TY

30 July 2021