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Inspection of accounts

When you're allowed to look at and ask questions about our accounts

Audit of accounts 2019/20

Notice of public inspection - pre-audit 2019-20.

Notice of the Commencement of the Period for the Exercise of Public Rights.

  • The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015
  • Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
  • The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) Amendments Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)

Notice is hereby given under the above regulations that the unaudited statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 will be published on this website. You can find these on our annual accounts page. Please note the statement of accounts is unaudited and may be subject to change.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the government has extended the timescales for the production and audit of accounts. This change anticipated the impact of potential staff absences, closed offices and all staff involved in production of the accounts working from home.

The publication date for audited accounts has moved from 31 July to 30 November 2020 for all local authority bodies.

To give local authorities more flexibility, the requirement for the public inspection period to include the first 10 working days of June has been removed.

You can, on reasonable notice, inspect and make copies of our accounts during the following dates and times:

  • 19 October to 30 November 2020 between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm Mondays to Fridays

You can make copies of all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts.

You cannot inspect or copy anything provided for in section 26(4) to 26(6) of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 in relation to commercially confidential and personal information.

The accounts and other documents will be available for inspection at the offices at which they are normally kept, or otherwise by arrangement. Please make your initial application to our address at the bottom of the page.

We give notice that from 19 October to 30 November 2020 members of the public, any local government elector for any area for which the accounts relate, or their representatives, can also speak to and ask questions of the Council's auditors about the accounts.

They may also make objections to the auditor, under section 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, relating to any matter where the auditor could take action under:

  • Section 28 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, namely, to apply to the court for a declaration that an item in the accounts is contrary to law, and/or
  • Section 24 and paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, namely, to make a report in the public interest.

The auditor can only deal with an objection if they have received written notice of the proposed objection and the reason for it. Our auditor Ernst & Young LLP can be contacted at One Cambridge Business Park, Cambridge, CB4 0WZ.(Tel No: 01223 394400 , Email: A copy of any such notice must be sent to the address below:

Executive Director - Central & Community Services

Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk

King's Court

Chapel Street


Norfolk, PE30 1EX