2021/22 Delayed notice


External audit of accounts: year ended 31 March 2022

Publication of Maidstone Borough Council Statement of Accounts and Audit Opinion

The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015 – Regulation 10, as Amended By The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 require that the audited accounts and opinion is published by 30 November 2022. As at 30 November, our external auditor, Grant Thornton UK LLP, has not yet concluded the audit.

The delay has arisen due to a combination of factors, comprising the following:

  • a delay in completing the audit for 2020/21 which in turn delayed the commencement of the audit for 2021/22
  • resource capacity constraints on the part of the external auditors, Grant Thornton UK LLP

We are continuing to work closely with the audit team as they complete their work. In line with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, we have published a set of draft accounts. We will publish a final set of accounts as soon as the audit is concluded, and the Audit Report issued.

This notice of delayed audit is being published in accordance with Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.