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Notice of delayed audit to final accounts

HEREFORD & WORCESTER FIRE AUTHORITY

AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2021

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

Publication of Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority 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 audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 for Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority has not yet been completed by the external auditors, Grant Thornton UK LLP, The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 require that the audited accounts and opinion is published by 30 September 2020.

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

  • the impact of Covid-19 on both the complexity of the audit and the pace at which it can be completed.
  • the increased assurance work that auditors are required to carry out nationally with respect to pensions and asset valuations.

The audit and issue of the audit opinion is expected to conclude during October 2021 after which the statement of accounts and audit opinion will be published as soon as reasonably practicable.

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

Date:  21 September 2021

Nigel Snape

    Clerk to the Authority

        Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority

            Hindlip Park

Worcester

WR3 8SP