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Audit Of Accounts 2019-2020 : Notice Of Public Rights

DERBYSHIRE FIRE & RESCUE AUTHORITY
AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS 2019/20
NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS

Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, Regulations 14 & 15
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Regulations 26, 27 & 28

As amended by:
The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Authority's accounts are subject to external audit by Helen Henshaw, for and on behalf of Ernst Young LLP, 1 Colemore Square, Birmingham, B4 6HQ. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process:

From 1st September 2020 to 12th October 2020 (Monday to Friday) between 9.30am and 4.30pm any person may inspect the accounts of Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority for the year ended 31st March 2020 and certain related documents (comprising books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts) at the address given below. They may also make copies of the accounts and documents.

From 10am on 1st September 2020 to 12th October 2020, a local government elector for the area of the Fire & Rescue Authority, or his/her representative, may ask the auditor questions about the accounts. Please contact the auditor at the address given above to make arrangements to ask any questions.

From 10am on 1st September 2020 to 12th October 2020, a local government elector for the area of the Fire & Rescue Authority, or his/her representative, may object to the Authority's accounts asking that the auditor issue a report in the public interest and/or apply to the court for a declaration that an item in the accounts is contrary to law. Written notice of a proposed objection and the grounds on which it is made must be sent to the auditor at the address given above and copied to me at the address given below.

Dated: 17th August 2020

Simon Allsop
Director of Finance
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service,
Butterley Hall,
Ripley,
Derby
DE5 3RS


DERBYSHIRE FIRE & RESCUE AUTHORITY
DEFERRAL OF AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS 2019/20
NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS

Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, Regulations 14 & 15
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Regulations 26, 27 & 28

As amended by:
The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic the timescales included in the above legislation have been amended.

Under the existing regulations the inspection period for the accounts must include the first 10 working days of June.  During this time any person may inspect the annual accounts of Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority including certain related supporting documents. Provision is also made for any local government elector, for the area of the Fire & Rescue Authority, to ask the auditor questions about the accounts on an appointed day. The inspection period and appointed day are published in advance by Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority.

To give authorities more flexibility, the requirement for the public inspection period to include the first 10 working days of June has been removed. Instead, for 2019/20, authorities must commence the public inspection period on or before the first working day of September 2020.  In line with these revised regulations the inspection period for the 2019/20 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority accounts will be published at a later date.

Dated: 2nd June 2020

Simon Allsop
Joint Director of Finance and Business Services,
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service,
Butterley Hall,
Ripley,
Derby
DE5 3RS