Governance and Financial Records

Transparency gives local people the tools and information they need to hold local public bodies to account. Read the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities here.

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 sets out a new audit framework for local public authorities which are currently covered by the Audit Commission regime. Under the new audit framework smaller authorities, including parish councils, internal drainage boards, charter trustees and port health authorities, 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.

Smaller authorities should publish:

  1. all items of expenditure above £100
  2. end of year accounts
  3. annual governance statement
  4. internal audit report
  5. list of councillor or member responsibilities
  6. the details of public land and building assets
  7. Minutes, agendas and meeting papers of formal meetings

Method of Publication

The referenced Transparency Code for smaller authorities makes the following statement regarding the method for publishing the required data.

The data and information specified in this Code must be published on a website which is publicly accessible free of charge.

Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities (Department for Communities and Local Government.

Alverdiscott & Huntshaw Parish Council Records

Unfortunately, governance and financial returns documentation is not currently available.

However, the following letters have been provided, highlighting the parish council’s failure to submit an Annual Governance and Accountability Return for the financial year 2018 / 2019. Click on each link to see these letters.

Failure to Submit Annual Governance and Accountability Return – Letter to the parish council sent in August 2019.

Failure to Submit Annual Governance and Accountability Return – Letter to the parish council sent in October 2019.

2019-2020 Financial Records

The previously provided spreadsheet showing the alleged financial records for the Alverdiscott and Huntshaw parish council was discovered to be incorrect. An update on the financial status of the council will be provided when available.