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Accounting in the time of Covid-19

The Kennet at County Lock - 23 December 2019

The Kennet at County Lock – 23 December 2019

The statutory deadline for production, audit and sign off of Reading Borough Council (RBC) accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been extended from 31 July to 30 November 2020. This is the result of new  Government regulations for local authority accounts and audit during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Problems with council accounts ‘a disgrace’ says Councillor Ricky Duveen

Civic Offices April 2019

Liberal Democrat councillor Ricky Duveen used Reading Borough Council‘s (RBC) full council meeting on 25 February to say that the “never-ending issues with producing the council’s accounts are a disgrace.”

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RBC unaudited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 can now be inspected

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Reading Borough Council (RBC) have published their unaudited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019. These, along with “all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to those accounts”,  can be inspected on weekdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm until 9 April 2020. This is nine months after the statutory deadline of early June 2019, but it is an improvement on the previous year when the inspection period opened over a year late.

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To dream the impossible dream…

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The first Reading Borough Council (RBC) audit and governance committee of 2020 will take place on Thursday 30 January. Council officers told the committee in September that they anticipated that audits of RBC’s accounts for the years ended 31 March 2018 and 31 March 2019 would be completed by the end of 2019. We are still waiting, and yet again hopes that accounts production was under control have been dashed.

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No-show from external auditors at Audit and Governance committee

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Attendees and webcast viewers-at-home were disappointed at the no-show by Reading Borough Council (RBC) external auditors Ernst & Young (EY) at the council’s audit and governance committee on 19 September. Chair of the committee, councillor David Stevens said that they had other engagements.

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Questions asked by Liberal Democrat and Green Party councillors about Reading’s financial accounts

The leader of the council Jason Brock told the Reading Borough Council (RBC) full council meeting on 25 June that he expected the accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 would be made available for public inspection “imminently”. This was in response to a question from Liberal Democrat councillor Ricky Duveen.

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“To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.”

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This time last year at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) audit and governance committee, council auditors Ernst & Young announced that if they didn’t complete their audit of 2016/17 accounts by 30 April 2018, they would have to pull out until August because their resources were needed elsewhere. A year later and the audit is still ongoing.

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