Account and audit statements

Audit of Accounts for year ended 31 March 2020

The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015: Regulation 10

As amended by The Accounts and Audit (coronavirus) (amendment) regulations 2020

The audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 for Medway Council 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 November 2020.

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

  • the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on both the complexity of the audit and 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 is 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: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/234/regulation/10/made

Medway Council’s Audit Committee have been formally advised of this matter at their meeting on 28 July 2021 and the final audited accounts will be published as soon as the audit is concluded.

Date: 28 September 2021

Written by: Phil Watts 
Chief Finance Officer


Publication of Medway Council Statement of Accounts and Audit Opinion for year ended 31 March 2021

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 – Regulation 10, as amended by

The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021

Each year our Statement of Accounts is subject to external audit by Grant Thornton UK LLP and any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounts and any relevant documents.

We hereby give notice that our draft Statement of Accounts for year ended 31 March 2021 has not yet been completed and is therefore unavailable for inspection.

The delay has arisen due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on resources and the audit of the Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 not yet being concluded.

We are continuing to work closely with the audit team at Grant Thornton UK LLP to resolve this situation.

The draft Statement of Accounts for year ended 31 March 2021 will be published and made available on this webpage as soon as it is reasonably practical to do so. 

Date: 30 July 2021

Written by: Phil Watts 
Chief Finance Officer