Financial year
2019/20
Annual account detail

The published accounts for Warwickshire County Council consist of the County Council’s Statement of Accounts and the accounts of the Warwickshire Pension Fund, along with the Annual Governance Statement. They have been audited by our external auditors, Grant Thornton LLP and approved by Council on 13 October 2000.

The Accounts have received an unqualified audit opinion on 27 October 2020. On the same date the external auditors also issued an unqualified conclusion on the Council’s arrangements for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in it’s use of resources as required by the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the National Audit Office’s Code of Practice and supporting guidance.

A notice of completion of the audit cannot be issued by our external auditors at this time until items identified in their audit opinion in the attached Statement of Accounts are finalised. At that time we will also publish that notice.

In accordance with the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015 and the Accounts and Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, the Statement of Accounts 2019/2020 includes a narrative report which includes commentary on the authority’s financial performance and economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the use of its resources over the financial year.

The Annual Audit Letter from our external auditors, Grant Thornton LLP, was reported to Audit & Standards Committee on 25 March 2021.

Details of the spending of each service group which makes up the authority’s spending in these accounts can be found in the 2019/2020 Financial Outturn Report that was considered by Cabinet on 11 June 2020.

The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, amended the latest date for the publication of draft accounts from 31 May to 31 August and the publication of the final audited accounts from 31 July to 30 November. In addition the public inspection period must commence on or before the first working day of September 2020. This means that for 2019/2020 public inspection periods across authorities may differ. The start of the inspection period must however, start on the first working day after the S151 officer has authorised them for issue.

The draft accounts were open to public inspection from 29 June 2020 as per the details below for Warwickshire County Council and the Warwickshire County Council Pension Fund.

 

WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL AND

WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PENSION FUND,

 

AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS 2019/2020 – NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015 & Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

1. The Accounts of Warwickshire County Council and The Warwickshire County Council Pension Fund are subject to audit by Grant Thornton, of Colmore Plaza, 20 Colmore Circus, Birmingham, B4 6AT (Engagement Lead, Mr Grant Patterson: Telephone 0121 212 4000).

2. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process in accordance with the regulations above.

3. These accounts will be available for public inspection for thirty full working days from Monday 29 June 2020 to Friday 7 August 2020 inclusive during normal office hours (9am-5pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 9am-4pm Fridays) when copies of all or part of any of the accounts and other documents mentioned may be made including all the books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to them. These rights do not permit a person to require disclosure of personal or certain commercially sensitive information as defined in Section 26 of The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. These will be available for inspection at the office at which they are normally kept, or otherwise by arrangement. Application should be made initially to Rob Powell, Strategic Director for Resources, Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4RL (Telephone 01926 412045).

4. During the inspection period 9am on 29 June 2020 to 5pm on 7 August 2020, at the request of a local government elector for the area of the Council, the local auditor must give the elector or any representative of the elector, an opportunity to question the auditors about the accounting records of the Council. Please contact the auditor at the address in paragraph 1 above to make arrangement to ask any questions.

5. During the inspection period 9am on 29 June 2020 to 5pm on 7 August 2020, a local government elector for the area of the Council or his/ her representative may object to the Council’s accounts asking that the auditor issue a report in the public interest or apply for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful under Section 28 of The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Written notice of the proposed objection and the grounds on which it will be made must be sent to the auditor at the address given above and also copied to the Council at the address given below.

Dated this 26 June 2020

Rob Powell,                                                                Monica Fogarty

Strategic Director, Resources.                                   Chief Executive.


Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire County Council Pension Fund

Shire Hall,

Warwick.

CV34 4RL

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