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                                                                                      GORING HEATH PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF ANNUAL AUDIT

 

ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2023

Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015

 

1The audit of accounts for  GORING HEATH PARISH COUNCIL

for the year ended 31 March 2023 has been completed and the accounts have been published.

 

2The Annual Return is available for inspection by any local government elector in the area of  GORING HEATH

          on application to

 

(a)AMANDA HOLLAND

         

 

(b)2 NEW BUILDINGS

WHITCHURCH HILL

READING

RG8 7PW

 

(c)(Telephone/email, and hours and arrangements to view)

Please email for an appointment

Goringheathparishcouncil@gmail.com

         

3Copies will be provided to any person on request

Announcement made by  

    AMANDA HOLLAND________________________________________________

 

Date of Announcement

          23 SEPTEMBER 2023

 

                                                                                            GORING HEATH PARISH COUNCIL

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN

ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2023

 

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

NOTICE

 

 

 

1. Date of announcement        WEDNESDAY 21ST JUNE 2023

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. 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 accounting 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 31 March 2023, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

 

EMAIL GORINGHEATHPARISHCOUNCIL @GMAIL.COM

POST GHPC 2 NEW BUILDINGS WHITCHURCH HILL RG8 7PW

 

commencing on  _    THURSDAY 22ND JUNE 2023_____________________

 

 

and ending on  ___WEDNESDAY 2ND AUGUST 2023 ___________________

 

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 this 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:

Moore (Ref AP/HD)                                  

Rutland House

Minerva Business Park

Lynch Wood

Peterborough

PE2 6PZ

 

 

5. This announcement is made by AMANDA HOLLAND CLERK/RFO

 

 

 

 


LOCAL AUTHORITY ACCOUNTS: A SUMMARY OF YOUR RIGHTS

 

Please note that this summary applies to all relevant smaller authorities, including local councils, internal drainage boards and ‘other’ smaller authorities.

 

The basic position

 

By law, any interested person has the right to inspect the accounting records of smaller authorities. If you are a local government elector or registered to vote in the local councils’ elections, then you are able to ask questions about the accounts and object to them.

The right to inspect the accounting records

 

When your council has finalised its accounts for the previous financial year, they must advertise that they are available for people to inspect. You must then provide the council with reasonable notice of your intentions. Following this, by arrangement you will then have 30 working days to inspect and make copies of the accounting records and supporting documents. You may be required to pay a copying charge.

 

The right to ask the auditor questions about the accounting records

 

If you have any questions regarding the accounting records, you should first ask your smaller authority. This must be done during the 30-day period for the exercise of public rights. You may also ask the appointed auditor questions about an item in the accounting records. However, the auditor can only answer ‘what’ questions, not ‘why’ questions so is limited with their response. To avoid any confusion, it is advised that you put your questions in writing.

The right to make objections

 

Should you view something as unlawful or believe there are matters of wider concern in the accounts, you may wish to object. If you are a local government elector, you have the right to ask the external auditor to apply to the courts for a declaration that an item is contrary to the law and should be reported as a matter of public interest. This must be done by telling the appointed auditor which specific item in the accounts you object to and why you believe it to be unlawful or think a public interest report should be made about it. You must provide clear evidence to support your objection, and this should be done in writing and the copied to the council.

 

You should not use the ‘right to object’ to make a personal complaint or claim against your smaller authority. Complaints of this nature should be taken to your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau, local Law Centre or to your solicitor.

 

A final word

 

Smaller authorities, and so local taxpayers, meet the costs of dealing with questions and objections.  In deciding whether to take your objection forward, the auditor must consider the cost that will be involved. They will only continue with the objection if it is in the public interest to do so. If you appeal to the courts against an auditor’s decision, you may have to pay for the action yourself.

 

 

Accounts

 

Below are PDFs of the income and expenditure by transaction of the Parish Council. These form the basis of the audited accounts

 Income Income 2014 2015.pdf   Expenditure  Expenditure  2014  2015.pdf

Goring Heath Parish Council Spend over £100   2017  2018

Goring Heath Parish Council Spend over £100 2018 2019

Goring Heath Parish Council Spend over £100 2019 2020

Goring Heath Parish Council Spend over £100  2020 2021

Goring Heath Parish Council spend over £100 pounds 2021 2022.

Goring Heath Parish Council Spend over 100 pounds  2022_23

Internal Audit Reports         2016-17     2017-18    2018-19    2019- 20   2020-21.   2021-22.    2022/23  2022/23  2023supporting stmt

External Audit Report                           2017-18                                       2020 - 21    2021 - 22   2022 - 23

Annual return and statutory form of accounts 

Annual Return 2016-17

Annual Return 2017-18   

Annual Return 2018-19

Annual Return 2019-20     

Annual Return 2020_-2021.   

Annual Return 2021 - 22

 Annual Return 2022_2023

Explanation of Variances Year End 31 March 2021   Year End 31 March 2022   Explanation-of-variances-31st March 2023

 

Exercise of Public Rights: see above and 2021-Notice-of-Public-Rights  Notice Public Rights 2022. Notice-of-Public-Rights 22_23

Statement of Governance 

Annual Governance Statement 2018-9     Annual Governance Statement 2019-20     Annual Governance Statement 2020-21.

Annual Governance Statement 2021 - 22        Annual Governance Statement 2022_2023

 

COMMUNITY INTEREST LEVY (CIL) STATEMENTS   CIL No2691  Goring Heath CIL Report.

Schedule of Land and buildings owned by Goring Heath Parish Council Land and Buildings  

Asset Register      Asset Register 2022.  Asset Register 2024.

SODC complaint       SODC from GHPC.pdf

 

GHPC Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Receipts, 2022-233
     
       
Amount received:
  £ 8,081.07  
  Made up of:    
  Rose Cottage £ 1,613.13  
  Rose Cottage £ 9.54  
  Cedar Lodge £ 6,458.40  
  Total £ 8,081.07  
       
To contribute to:
     
  Replacement of climbing frame ("multi frame play area") at Whitchurch Hill playground £ 8,780.00  
  Does not include    
  VAT £ 1,756.00  
  Other works quoted by Arrow Fencing £ 3,990.00  
       
     

 

CIL Final Reporting Form 2022/3

GHPC precept  2024.

GHPC precep/budget plan 2024 pdf

 POLICIES

 

GHPC  Standing  Orders  2023_4.

GHPC Financial  Regulations  2023_4

Governing  Documents Publication Scheme 2024.

Accessibility Statement  2023_4.

GHPC Councillors Guide 2023-4

SODC code of conduct

GHPC Complaints Policy 2023-4.

Good-councillors-guide-on-finance-and-transparency

GHPC Freedom of Information 

Risk Assessment February 2024

Statement of Internal Controls Document 2024.

GHPC ANNUAL PLAN.