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Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR)

Ashington Town Council as a public body is responsible for its own finances. It is required to make arrangements for the proper administration of its financial affairs and to ensure that one of its officers has this responsibility. The officer whose job it is to oversee the finances of the Council is referred to as the Responsible Financial Officer (RFO).  At Ashington, the Clerk is the RFO.

The Council must work within a legal framework that is specified within the Accounts and Audit Regulations and it must ensure that its business is conducted in accordance with the law and proper standards.

Good governance, accountability and transparency are essential and a cornerstone to improving public services. The Council must ensure that public money is safeguarded, properly accounted for, and used economically, efficiently, and effectively.

We are required to complete an Annual Governance and Accountability Return each year.  This is legislated in the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.  Electors are entitled to inspect the Council’s accounts, during a set period during the year.  For information pertaining to your rights, click on the link Local Authority Accounts ‘A summary of your rights’.

PKF Littlejohn LLP are the Council’s appointed External Auditors; the Audit Commission continually monitor the performance of the external auditors, assessing the quality of their work and ensuring they carry it out in compliance with their statutory obligations.

Ashington Town Council is also required to appoint an Internal Auditor who will monitor and review the arrangements in place to ensure the proper conduct and effectiveness of our financial affairs.

The Council must have an adequate system of internal control and risk management. This review is an integral part of continually improving governance and accountability. The Council is required to publicly report the outcome of the review of its accounts and to make its accounting statements and other documents available for public inspection.The results of the External Audit are available to view on the website and on request, this is in the form of an Annual Return, different to the tax return that is completed by most organisations.  The Annual Return is completed in June and usually returned in September, five months after the end of the financial year.  During this period, members of the public are invited to look at the council’s accounts, however, residents may at any time ask to see the council’s accounts and questions relating to spending can always be put to the Clerk/RFO.

 

ANNUAL GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN 2021/22

Notice for Exercise of Electors Rights

Internal Audit

Annual Governance Statements

Accounting Statements

Assets Register

Financial & Management Risk Assessment

End of Year Bank Reconciliation

Significant Variances

Notice of Conclusion of External Audit

External Audit Certificate

Issues Arising (if any)

Action Plan (if required)


Archived Annual Governance and Accountability Returns




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Warm Spaces

Warm Spaces are places where people can come together in a warm, safe, welcoming place and maybe enjoy a hot drink, a sit down and have a chat with others.

Voluntary groups, community organisations, and others from communities have come together to establish a network of warm spaces this winter. This includes, but is not limited to, community centres, church halls, libraries and community hubs. They are free to visit and they promise a warm welcome when you arrive.


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