IMPORTANT NOTICE: Delayed Publication of Audited 2020/21 Statement of Accounts

The 2020/21 draft statement of accounts of the PCC Group, the PCC and the Chief Constable were published in accordance with statutory deadlines.  However, the external audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 has not yet been completed by our external auditors, Grant Thornton UK LLP. This is due to unexpected Covid-19 related absences which have delayed the progress of the audit. The Police and Crime Commissioner is assured however that the in house work has been completed for the finalisation of the audit.

This situation is allowed for by Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015. Therefore this notification explains, as per paragraph (2a), that we are not yet able to publish our audited 2020/21 final statement of accounts in line with the deadline of 30 September 2021, as per paragraph (1).

The audit and issue of the audit opinion is expected to conclude during October 2021. The Audit Committee will consider the results of the 2020/21 audit at its meeting on 8 December 2021, after which we will publish the final audited accounts.

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In 2012/13 the way in which police services in England and Wales are governed and held accountable changed as the Police Authorities were replaced with the Police and Crime Commissioners.  The primary function of the Chief Constable is the exercise of operational policing responsibilities under the Police Act 1996. The main role of Police and Crime Commissioners is to hold their Chief Constable to account for the exercise of these duties and to ensure that they deliver an efficient and effective policing service.

Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables are required under the Accounts and Audit Regulations to produce individual and group Statement of Accounts annually. Police and Crime Commissioners Statement of Accounts will include the group position and until the statements are audited they will remain draft and subject to amendment. The final audited Statement of Accounts will be published no later than 31 July each year.

Statement of Accounts and Annual Audit Letters can be found in Publications

For South Yorkshire Police Statement of Accounts see here.

The draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 will be audited in August 2020 and can be downloaded using the link below. The draft statement of accounts have not been scrutinised by the Joint Independent Audit Committee (JIAC).

The statutory deadline for completing the 2019/20 audit is 30 November 2020. The public inspection period will begin on 1st June and end on 10th July. Subject to the outcome of the public inspection, the JIAC will give its approval and the audit opinion will be issued. The audited accounts will be published thereafter.