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Audit of accounts for year ended 31 March 2019

 Under Regulation 10(2) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, the audited statement of accounts 2018/19 for the London Borough of Lewisham has been published below.

The audited statement of accounts and auditor’s final findings were presented to full Council on 2 October 2019.

The auditor gave their signed unqualified opinion on the financial statements on 4 October 2019. On the same date the auditors also issued an unqualified conclusion on the Council’s arrangements for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources as required by the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

The independent auditor’s report can be found in Lewisham Council’s statement of accounts 2018/19, pages 15 to 18, and 19 to 21 for the Council’s Pension fund.

Although the audit opinion has now been issued for these accounts, the audit has not yet been formally concluded with a certificate of completion.

The appointed auditors cannot formally issue an audit certificate until they have:

  • given an opinion on the consistency of the pension fund financial statements of the Council included in the Pension Fund Annual Report with the pension fund financial statements included in the statement of accounts. The Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 2013 require authorities to publish the Pension Fund Annual Report by 1 December 2019. As the Council has not prepared the Pension Fund Annual Report at this time the auditors have yet to issue the report on the consistency of the pension fund financial statements;
  • completed the work necessary to issue the Whole of Government Accounts (WGA) Component Assurance statement for the year ended 31 March 2019; and
  • completed their consideration of prior year objections brought to their attention by local authority electors under Section 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

The auditor is satisfied that these matters do not have a material effect on the financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019.

The certificate of completion will be added to this website as soon as this is issued.

Any local government elector for the London Borough of Lewisham may inspect, or request copies of the accounts on payment of a reasonable sum for each copy, the statements of accounts prepared by the London Borough of Lewisham. This can be done at any time Monday–Friday, 10am–4pm (except public holidays) at the Council offices:

Laurence House, Catford, London, SE6 4RU

David Austin (CPFA)
Acting Chief Finance Officer (S151)
07 October 2019

Audited statement of accounts 2018–19

Read the audited statement of accounts.