The Council produces an annual governance statement and accounting statements which are subject to a review by the external auditor appointed under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and National Audit Office’s Code of Audit Practice.
The 'Annual Return' includes the findings of the Internal Auditor, together with Governance Statements and Financial Statements. This Annual Return is then submitted to an independent 'external' auditor’ for examination.
The Council has a duty to publish the unaudited Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements once they have been approved by Council. As part of this process, the Council must make arrangements for a set period in which interested persons can inspect the Council's accounts and related documents. If you are a registered local government elector (i.e. you appear on the electoral register for the area covered by the Council) you can also ask questions about the accounts and object to them. Interested parties have the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates to including all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, reciepts and other documents relating to those records.
By the 30th September each year the Council must publish a final copy of the audited Annual Return, once this is received back from the External Auditor after they have completed their examination.
The Town Council is committed to making our open and transparent, so that everyone can see exactly how we are spending money. As part of that commitment we publish information on all expenditure over £500 excluding VAT.
The payment list indicate the individual payments made to suppliers each month with a net value over £500. Please note these are payments made in the period, and do not necessarily relate to invoices dated or received in the period.
The data is published in a simple table showing:
- date of payment
- to whom the payment was made
- the purpose
- amount paid excluding VAT where applicable
We aim to be as transparent as we can, but in some cases we will need to respect information that could be seen as commercially sensitive. Some information is withheld, for example salaries, as it is personal data.