*Please provide explanations to the external auditor on a separate sheet for each ‘No’ response and describe how the
authority will address the weaknesses identied. These sheets must be published with the Annual Governance Statement.
Section 1 – Annual Governance Statement 2020/21
We acknowledge as the members of:
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Local Councils, Internal Drainage Boards and other Smaller Authorities*
our responsibility for ensuring that there is a sound system of internal control, including arrangements for
the preparation of the Accounting Statements. We conrm, to the best of our knowledge and belief, with
respect to the Accounting Statements for the year ended 31 March 2021, that:
1. We have put in place arrangements for effective nancial
management during the year, and for the preparation of
the accounting statements.
2. We maintained an adequate system of internal control
including measures designed to prevent and detect fraud
and corruption and reviewed its effectiveness.
4. We provided proper opportunity during the year for
the exercise of electors’ rights in accordance with the
requirements of the Accounts and Audit Regulations.
5. We carried out an assessment of the risks facing this
authority and took appropriate steps to manage those
risks, including the introduction of internal controls and/or
external insurance cover where required.
6. We maintained throughout the year an adequate and
effective system of internal audit of the accounting
records and control systems.
7. We took appropriate action on all matters raised
in reports from internal and external audit.
8. We considered whether any litigation, liabilities or
commitments, events or transactions, occurring either
during or after the year-end, have a nancial impact on
this authority and, where appropriate, have included them
in the accounting statements.
9. (For local councils only) Trust funds including
charitable. In our capacity as the sole managing
trustee we discharged our accountability
responsibilities for the fund(s)/assets, including
nancial reporting and, if required, independent
examination or audit.
3. We took all reasonable steps to assure ourselves
that there are no matters of actual or potential
non-compliance with laws, regulations and Proper
Practices that could have a signicant nancial effect
on the ability of this authority to conduct its
business or manage its nances.
prepared its accounting statements in accordance
with the Accounts and Audit Regulations.
‘Yes’ means that this authority:Yes No*
made proper arrangements and accepted responsibility
for safeguarding the public money and resources in
has only done what it has the legal power to do and has
complied with Proper Practices in doing so.
during the year gave all persons interested the opportunity to
inspect and ask questions about this authority’s accounts.
considered and documented the nancial and other risks it
faces and dealt with them properly.
arranged for a competent person, independent of the nancial
controls and procedures, to give an objective view on whether
internal controls meet the needs of this smaller authority.
responded to matters brought to its attention by internal and
disclosed everything it should have about its business activity
during the year including events taking place after the year
end if relevant.
has met all of its responsibilities where, as a body
corporate, it is a sole managing trustee of a local
trust or trusts.
Yes No N/A
Signed by the Chairman and Clerk of the meeting where
approval was given:
This Annual Governance Statement was approved at a
meeting of the authority on:
and recorded as minute reference:
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