Public notice

Audit of the Accounts of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority 2019/20: Notice of Public Rights

This notifies the audit of the 2019/20 accounts and public inspection rights.

AUDIT OF THE ACCOUNTS OF HAMPSHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY 2019/20

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in accordance with Sections 26 and 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and Regulations 14 and 15 of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015:

1 From 17 June to 28 July 2020 inclusive, any local government elector or any journalist on application to the Head of Finance (via email to budget@hants.gov.uk), may inspect the accounting records for the financial year ended 31 March 2020 and may inspect and make copies of all or any books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records. Due to coronavirus restrictions, it will not be possible to do this in person, so the applicant will need to provide an email address for documents to be sent to.

2 From 17 June to 28 July 2020 inclusive, the Auditor, at the request of any local government elector for the area to which the accounts relate, will give the elector (or their representative) an opportunity to question them about the accounts, and any such elector (or their representative) may contact the Auditor and make objections as to any matter in respect of which the Auditor could take action under Section 28 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 (namely, the declaration that an item of account is unlawful), or could make a report in the public interest under Schedule 7 of the 2014 Act. Due to coronavirus restrictions, it will not be possible to do this in person, so other methods of contact such as email will be needed.

3 No objection may be made unless the Auditor has previously received written notice of the proposed objection stating the facts on which the local government elector relies, the grounds upon which the objection is being made and particulars of any such objection. Such notice should be addressed to Kevin Suter, Ernst & Young LLP, Grosvenor House, Grosvenor Square, Southampton, SO15 2BE (ksuter@uk.ey.com). Copies of such notices must also be sent to The Head of Finance, The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UB (budget@hants.gov.uk).

John Coughlan

Clerk to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority

The Castle

Winchester

June 2020

Contact:

The Head of Finance The Castle Winchester SO23 8UB

Email: budget@hants.gov.uk