The Parish Council financial year begins on the 1st April and finishes on the 31st March each year.
At each meeting the Councillors approve the payments to be made following the meeting and every other month Councillors will receive and approve a bank reconciliation.
An Internal Auditor is appointed each year to review the accounts and all aspects of internal control. The internal auditor is an independent and competent person appointed by the Council and cannot be involved in any business with the council or a serving member of the council. The internal auditor must report to the Council and sign a report on the Annual return to confirm that the councils system of control is in place and operating.
Every smaller authority in England where the higher of gross income or gross expenditure was £25,000 or less must following the end of each financial year complete Part 2 of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) in accordance with Proper Practices, unless the authority:
a) does not meet the qualifying criteria
b) does not wish to certify itself as exempt
Smaller authorities where the higher of the gross annual income or gross annual expenditure does not exceed £25,000 and meet the qualifying criteria as set out in the Certificate of Exemption are exempt from sending the completed AGAR to the external auditor for a limited assurance review provided the authority completes both the
a) Certificate of Exemption and returns to the external auditor
b) Annual Governance and Accountability Return (Part 2) which is made up of:
Annual Internal Audit Report to be completed by the authority’s internal auditor
Annual Governance Statement (Section 1) to be completed by the authority
Accounting Statements (Section 2) to be completed by the authority
Smaller authorities must publish various documents on a public website as required by the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, the Local Audit Regulations 2015 and the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities. These include:
Notice of Conclusion of Audit
The Annual Return for Year Ending 31st March 2016 has now been concluded and signed off by the Parish Council. If you have any queries regarding the finances of the Parish Council and wish to see the accounts books, please make an appointment with the Parish Clerk.
All financial statements from the financial year starting 1st April 2018 are downloadable as PDF documents. If you wish to see copies of any earlier financial statements, please contact the Parish Clerk.