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Audit of accounts year ended 31 March 2018 – notice of public rights of inspection

ASHFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL

AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2018

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Notice is hereby given under Regulation 15(2)(b) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 that from 5 June 2018 to 16 July 2018 between 9am and 4.30pm on weekdays any person may inspect, and make copies of the accounts and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other related documents of the Council for the year ended 31st March 2018, as stipulated in Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. The accounts and other documents will be available for inspection at Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford by prior arrangement. Please telephone the Head of Finance & IT on 01233 330547 to make an appointment. The accounts will also be available at www.ashford.gov.uk.

During this period, a local government elector for any area to which the accounts relate, or their representative, may question the auditor about the accounts, or make an objection to the accounts as set out in sections 26 and 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Any objection, and the grounds on which it is made, must be sent to the auditor in writing, with a copy to the Head of Finance & IT, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford. Any objection must state the grounds on which the objection is being made and particulars of:

i) any item of account which is alleged to be contrary to law; and

ii) any matter in respect of which it is proposed that the auditor could make a public interest report under section 24 of, and paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 to, the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

Objections should be addressed to the auditor Ciaran T McLaughlin, Grant Thornton UK LLP at Grant Thornton House, Melton Street, London NW1 2EP

A guide to your rights can be found at https://www.nao.org.uk/code-audit-practice/council-accounts-a-guide-to-your-rights/

Date: 25 May 2018

Mr B Lockwood

Director Finance and Economy

Civic Centre

Tannery Lane

Ashford

Kent

TN23 1PL

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