Public statement of accounts notice

Blackburn with Darwen Council: Audit of accounts year ended 31 March 2019: Notice of public rights

  • The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
  • The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015

Notice of the commencement of the period for the exercise of public rights

The period for the exercise of public rights commences at 10am on the 3rd June 2019 and will conclude at 4pm on the 12th July 2019.

The following documents will be made available:

  • The Statement of Accounts
  • The Annual Governance Statement
  • The Narrative Report

The unaudited Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 has been published on the Council’s website. The accounts are currently being audited and may be subject to change. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process as detailed below.

Notice is hereby given under Regulation 15(2)(b) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 that from 3rd June 2019 to 12th July 2019, between 10am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays on weekdays any person may inspect, and make copies of the accounts and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other related documents of the Council for the year ended 31st March 2019, as stipulated in Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. The accounts and other documents will be available for inspection at the address below by prior arrangement. Please telephone 01254 585893 to make an appointment. The accounts will also be available on the Council’s website.

During this period, a local government elector for any area to which the accounts relate, or their representative, may question the auditor about the accounts, or make an objection to the accounts as set out in sections 26 and 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Any objection, and the grounds on which it is made, must be sent to the auditor in writing, with a copy to the Director of Finance and Customer Services at the address below. Any objection must state the grounds on which the objection is being made and particulars of:

  1. any item of account which is alleged to be contrary to law; and
  2. any matter in respect of which it is proposed that the auditor could make a public interest report under section 24 of, and paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 to, the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

Objections should be addressed to the auditor, Grant Thornton UK LLP at 4 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB (Telephone 0161 9536900).

A guide to your rights can be found on the National Audit Office website.

Louise Mattinson

Director of Finance and Customer Services

Blackburn with Darwen Council, Town Hall, King William Street,, Blackburn, BB1 7DY