Notification of delay of publication of final 2020-21 statement of accounts

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, 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, Grant Thornton UK LLP, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY. This is due to delays in the commencement of audit work.

Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, as amended by the Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 No. 263, includes provision for where the external audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 has not been completed by the 30 September 2021.

The relevant legislation can be viewed on legislation.gov.uk:

This notification explains, as per paragraph (2), that we are not yet able to publish our audited 2020/21 final statement of accounts in line with the deadline of 30 September 2021, as per paragraph (1).

The council’s final accounts will be published as soon as reasonably practicable after the receipt of the report detailing the auditor’s final findings.

Dated: 30 September 2021
Emily Hill
Director of Finance
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham