Financial Year 2019/20
Public Rights Notice – formal notice of right to view unaudited accounts for 2019-2020
Why the parish council could not agree to statement 4 in section 1 of the AGAR
In the annual governance statement, the council answered no to the following statement:
‘We supplied proper opportunity during the year for the exercise of electors’ rights in accordance with the requirements of the Accounts and Audit Regulations.’
This related to the audit for 2018-2019. The regulations state that people with an interest must be able to see the council’s accounts during a set period. This period must include the first 10 working days of July. However, in Fressingfield the period for public inspection was set as 1 August to 13 September 2019.
There were two reasons for this delay. Firstly, the responsible financial officer suffered a period of ill-health in May and June 2019. Secondly, the audit for 2017-18 had not picked up an arithmetic error. Without knowing this, the accounts for 2018-19 could not be balanced. The RFO needed professional advice to discover this error.
These two factors caused the delay.
Summary information is presented to the council with details of income, expenditure and bank account balances. The council reviews these details each month.
This link will show you the year end summary.