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WEST MIDLANDS FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY

EXTERNAL AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS: YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2021

Publication of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority Statement of Accounts and Audit Opinion

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

As Amended By

The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021

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

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 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. See attached link:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/234/regulation/10.

The West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority’s Audit and Risk Committee was formally advised of this matter on 27 September 2021 and subject to the delegations agreed at this Committee the final audited accounts will be published as soon as the audit is concluded.

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Our Accounts

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As part of our commitment to transparency, our accounts are available to view on our website.

Today we are issuing a formal notice to our communities that from Monday 19th July 2021 anyone on the electoral register is able to inspect our accounts for the financial year 2020-2021. The period of exercise of public rights commences at 10.00am on 19th July 2021 and will conclude at 5pm on 27th August 2021.

Changes for 2020/21
The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 are temporary and cover the 2020/21 and 2021/22 accounting years.

The deadline to publish the Authority’s audited 2020/21 Statement of Accounts has been changed from 31 July 2021 to 30 September 2021.

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the practice of inspection may differ from previous years. However, our (currently unaudited) Statement of Accounts 2020-2021 can still be viewed in our Documents section which also includes many other publications.

Formal notice of the right to inspect the financial year 2020-2021 accounts is given below.

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WEST MIDLANDS FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY
AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS YEAR ENDED 31st MARCH 2021
NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS
The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015
The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021

The Authority’s accounts are subject to external audit by Grant Thornton UK LLP of 11th Floor, Colmore Plaza, 20 Colmore Circus, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 6AT. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process:

  1. Notice is hereby given that from 19th July 2021 to 27th August 2021 (excluding Saturdays and Sundays) between 10.00am and 5.00pm any person may inspect the accounting records of the Authority for the financial year to 31st March 2021 and certain related documents (comprising books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts) at the address given below. They may also make copies of the accounts and documents.
  2. From 10.00 am on 19th July 2021 to 5pm on 27th August 2021 at the request of a local government elector, the local auditor must give the elector, or any representative of the elector, an opportunity to question the auditor about the accounting records of the Authority.
  3. From 10.00am on 19th July 2021 until the conclusion of the audit process a local government elector for the area of the Authority or his/her representative may object to the Authority’s accounts asking that the auditor issue a report in the public interest or apply for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Written notice of the proposed objection and the grounds on which it will be made must be sent to the auditor at the address given above, or via the Grant Thornton UK LLP website (https://www.grantthornton.co.uk/) and also copied to the Authority at the address given below.
  4. The Statement of Accounts for West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority is available to view on the internet during the period of display. The web address is: www.wmfs.net

Dated 5th July 2021
Mike Griffiths
Treasurer
West Midlands Fire Service
99 Vauxhall Road
Birmingham
B7 4HW
e-mail: Mike.Griffiths@wmfs.net

Our Accounts

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As part of our commitment to transparency, our accounts are available to view on our website.

WEST MIDLANDS FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS YEAR ENDED 31st MARCH 2020 NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT

 

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015

Notice is hereby given under Regulation 16(1) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 that the external auditors Grant Thornton have concluded their audit of the statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020.

 

A local government elector for any area to which the accounts relate may inspect and make copies of:

  1. the statement of accounts prepared by the Authority,
  2. the local auditor’s certificate that the audit of the Authority’s accounts including that statement has been completed,
  3. the local auditor’s opinion on the statement of accounts, and
  4. any recommendation relating to the Authority.

 

The Audit Certificate has been received and published within the 2019/20 Accounting Statement on the Authority’s website:

Documents

These documents are available for inspection and copying by a local government elector during normal office hours, at West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, West Midlands. B7 4HW

 

Dated 4th March 2020

Mike Griffiths

Treasurer

West Midlands Fire & Rescue Authority

99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham. B7 4HW

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Our Accounts – Audit Notice

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WEST MIDLANDS FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY

EXTERNAL AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS: YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020

Publication of West Midlands Fire and Rescue 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 2020

The audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 for West Midlands Fire and Rescue 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 November 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 pace at which it can be completed;
  • the increased assurance work that auditors are required to carry out nationally with respect to asset valuations.

The audit and issue of the audit opinion is expected to conclude during March 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. See attached link:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/234/regulation/10/made

Our Accounts – Audit

Documents with figures, and an iPad with graphs and charts
Documents with figures, and an iPad with graphs and charts

WEST MIDLANDS FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY

EXTERNAL AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS: YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020

Publication of West Midlands Fire and Rescue 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 2020

The audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 for West Midlands Fire and Rescue 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 November 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 pace at which it can be completed;
  • the increased assurance work that auditors are required to carry out nationally with respect to asset valuations.

The audit and issue of the audit opinion is expected to conclude during January 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. See attached link:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/234/regulation/10/made

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