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Viewing the accounts

Audit of accounts year ended 31 March 2020.


The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, sections 25 - 28. 
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 Regulations 10, 14 and 15.
The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued revised Accounts and Audit Regulations in respect of 2019-20 local authority accounts. The requirement for the public inspection period to include the first 10 working days of June has been removed. Instead, the unaudited accounts of local authorities must be approved and published no later than 31 August 2020, with the public inspection period commencing on or before the first working day of September 2020. The publication date for audited accounts has moved from 31 July to 30 November 2020 for all local authority bodies.

We published our unaudited 2019-20 accounts on 8 June 2020. The public inspection period will commence at 9am on 9 June 2020 and conclude at 4pm on 20 July 2020.

Our accounts are subject to external audit by:

Mark Surridge, Mazars LLP 
Park View House
58 The Ropewalk
Nottingham
NG1 5DW

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

  1. From 9 June 2020 to 20 July 2020 between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday any person may inspect the accounts of the council for the year ended 31 March 2020 and certain related documents (comprising books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts) by appointment made either by email: eleanor.scriven@derbyshire.gov.uk, or by writing to Eleanor Scriven at the address at the end of this page. Copies of the accounts and certain related documents may also be taken.

  2. From 9am on 9 June 2020 to 4pm on 20 July 2020 inclusive, a local government elector for the area of the council, or his/her representative, may ask the auditor questions about the accounts. Please contact the auditor at the address at the beginning of this page to make arrangements to ask any questions.

  3. From 9am on 9 June 2020 to 4pm on 20 July 2020 inclusive, 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 (under section 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014) and/or apply to the court for a declaration that an item in the accounts is contrary to law (under section 28 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014). Written notice of a proposed objection and the grounds on which it is made must be sent to the auditor at the address given at the beginning of this page and copied to Simon Hobbs, Director of Legal Services, at the following address:

    Derbyshire County Council
    County Hall
    Matlock
    Derbyshire
    DE4 3AG

For more information, please contact Eleanor Scriven, by email: eleanor.scriven@derbyshire.gov.uk or by writing to her at the county hall address.