Audit & Accountability

Accounts and Audit Regulations

As a local resident you have legal rights to inspect, ask questions about and challenge items in your council's accounts. For more information, the National Audit Office has published a guide - Council Accounts - a guide to your rights.

In order to comply with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 which came into force on 1 April 2015, the Parish Council is required to publish certain information:

Financial Year 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

The Annual Governance Statement (Section 1 of the Annual Return)

The Statement of Accounts (Section 2 of the Annual Return)

Declaration of Status of Published Accounts

Notice of Date of Commencement of Period for the Exercise of Public Rights

External Audit Report and Certificate

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 

Local Audit and Accountablity Act 2014 - Sections 26 and 27


Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities

In December 2014 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities. The Code is a requirement for smaller authorities to make information available for local people to increase democratic accountability.

As well as the information required to be published by the Accounts and Audit Regulations (above), this page also allows you to access all of the information that we are required to publish under the Transparency Code.

The information for each financial year will be available after the end of the financial year on 31 March and by 1 July at the latest. The exceptions to this are the list of councillor responsibilities and the minutes, agendas and papers of formal meetings which are published on an ongoing basis.

Financial Year 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

All items of expenditure over £100

Explanation of any significant variances
(A significant variance is more than 10-15% variance in the statement of accounts for the relevant year and previous year)

End of year bank reconciliation

Internal Audit Report

Public land and building assets

Councillors' Responsibilties  

Minutes and Agendas