This Statement of Accounts sets out the overall financial position of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands (PCCWM) and the consolidated accounts of the corporation soles of Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands and the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police (CCWMP). The Statement of Accounts has been prepared following the CIPFA Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom. This interprets the International Financial Reporting Standards on which the accounts of the PCCWM are required to be based.
The primary function of the office of Chief Constable of West Midlands Police is the exercise of operational policing duties under the Police Act 1996. The role of the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the exercise of these duties thereby securing the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force in the West Midlands. These are the sixth set of statutory accounts to be prepared under the new arrangements. A separate set of statutory accounts have been published for the Chief Constable to recognise all the financial transactions incurred during 2019/20 for policing the West Midlands area.
Public Notice on the Audit of the 2019/20 Accounts
The audit of the financial statements for the year ending 31 March 2020 has been completed with an unqualified opinion issued on 30 November 2020 by our auditors Grant Thornton LLP. However a certificate of completion of audit has not yet been issued as Grant Thornton cannot formally conclude the audit and issue a audit certificate until they have completed the necessary work to issue the Whole of Government Accounts (WGA) Component Assurance statement for the year ended 31 March 2020. As soon as this is received the notice will be published alongside these accounts.