Audit of accounts – public notice

Publication of Devon County Council and Devon Pension Fund 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 Devon County Council and Devon Pension Fund 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 are 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 pensions and asset valuations

The Council is continuing to work closely with the audit team as they complete their work and will publish the final statement of accounts as soon as is reasonably practicable, once the audit is concluded and the audit report issued.

Therefore, this notice of delayed audit is being published in accordance with Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015. The link to Regulation 10 on the Government’s legislation website is provided here.

Mary Davis
County Treasurer
Devon County Council
County Hall
Topsham Road

30 November 2020