Under the Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus)(Amendment) Regulations 2020, the Council is required to publish its annual Statement of Accounts by 30 September for 2021. The Statement of Accounts includes the Council’s Annual Governance Statement and Narrative Statement and any audit opinion given by the external auditors at this date. If the audit has not concluded by 30 September 2021 the Council is required to publish the reasons for this. As at 30 September, the Council’s external auditor has not yet concluded the audit. The Council is continuing to work closely with the audit team as they complete their work. In line with the Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus)(Amendment) Regulations 2020, the Council has published a set of its latest draft Statement of Accounts and its Annual Governance Statement. The Council will publish a final set of accounts as soon as the audit is concluded, and the Audit Report issued.