Extending audit deadline will 'distract finance teams'

By Dan Peters | 25 May 2022

Extending the deadline for publishing audited local authority accounts to the end of September for six years will ‘distract councils’ finance teams,’ the Government has been warned.

Just 9% of 2020-21 local authority audits were completed by the deadline of 30 September, with senior civil servants resigned to it taking years to deal with the backlog.

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