Finance, regulations and your public rights

Transparency code for smaller authorities

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 sets out a new audit framework for smaller public authorities. Under the new audit framework smaller authorities, including parish councils, with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000 will be exempt from routine external audit. In place of routine audit, these smaller authorities will be subject to the new transparency requirements laid out in this Code. This will enable local electors and ratepayers to access relevant information about the authorities’ accounts and governance.  Subsequently The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 specified that certain specified documents must be publicly available for five years.

Information which should be published

Smaller authorities should publish annually in respect of the previous financial year: all items of expenditure above £100;
end of year accounts,
annual governance statement,
internal audit report,
the details of public land and building assets,
list of councillor responsibilities, and
minutes, agendas and meeting papers of formal meetings.

Year end and the public’s right

In addition to publishing the above, the council must publish a statement of the public’s right to examine the accounts soon after the end of the financial year.  Click here to see the Statement for 2022/23.

The council also publishes its budget for the following year.
Click here to see the budget for 2023/24 for the day to day income and expenditure and click here to see the council’s reserves and the planned changes in 2023/24.

Information for prior year (2022/23)

Items of expenditure over £100

Payments over £100 2022-23

End of year accounts

Year End Accounts 2022-23

Internal audit report

Internal Audit Report

Public land and building assets

Year End Accounts 2022-23

Information for previous five years (Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015)

2022/23

Governance Statement 2022-23
Accounting Statement 2022-23
External Auditor Report and Certificate

2021/22

Governance Statement 2021:22
Accounting Statement 2021:22
External Auditor Report

2020/21

Governance Statement 2020:21
Accounting Statement 2020:21
External Auditor Report and Certificate

2019/20

Governance Statement 2019:20
Accounting Statement 2019:20
External Auditor Report and Certificate 2019-20

2018/19

Annual Governance Statement
Accounting Statement
External Auditor Report and Certificate

 

List of Councillor responsibilities

Councillors

 

 

Practices and procedures

Council practices and procedures are governed by three governing documents which cover finance and accounting, council procedures and the conduct of councillors.  These are listed below and may be downloaded by clicking the link.

APC_Financial Regulations 2021Mar amended Sep 2021
Standing Orders adopted July 2023
Members Code of Conduct