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Delay to External Audit 2021/22

Audit letter – Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority audit of financial statements 2020/21

Under the 2020 Code of Audit Practice, for Local Government bodies, we are required to issue ourAuditor’s Annual Report (AAR) by 30 September or, where this is not possible, issue an audit lettersetting out the reasons for delay.

Following the extension of the timetable for auditors to report on their work on Value for Moneyarrangements in respect of 2021/22, our AAR will not be issued by 30 September. We expect to issueour AAR within three months of issuing our opinion on your financial statements.

The Code of Audit Practice confirms that this letter constitutes an audit letter for the purposes of localbodies complying with the Accounts and Audit Regulations.