Annual Governance & Accountability Return 2019-2020

1. Date of Announcement:  29th July 2020

2.Each year the smaller authority’s Annual governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice, please click on the links below: 

Provision for the exercise of public rights & Summary of your Rights 2019-20

AGAR Return 2019-20 – Internal Audit & Full Council Signatures

As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the account records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested.  For the year ended 31st March 2020, thee documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

Town Clerk, Whitchurch Town Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Whitchurch   SY13 1AX

Commencing on:  Thursday 30th July 2020

and ending on:  Friday 11th September 2020

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

  • the opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
  • the right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful.  Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for the purpose between the above dates only.

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015.  The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)

15 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, LONDON    E14 4HD

(sba@pkf-littlejohn.com)

5. This announcement is made by Nicola Young, Town Clerk.

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