*Please provide explanations to the external auditor on a separate sheet for each ‘No’ response and describe how the
authority will address the weaknesses identied. These sheets should be published with the Annual Governance Statement.
Section 1 – Annual Governance Statement 2018/19
We acknowledge as the members of:
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our responsibility for ensuring that there is a sound system of internal control, including arrangements for
the preparation of the Accounting Statements. We conrm, to the best of our knowledge and belief, with
respect to the Accounting Statements for the year ended 31 March 2019, 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 signicant 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
its charge.
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
external audit.
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
Authority web address
Other information required by the Transparency Codes (not part of Annual Governance Statement)
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:
I certify that for the year ended 31 March 2019 the Accounting
Statements in this Annual Governance and Accountability
Return have been prepared on either a receipts and payments
or income and expenditure basis following the guidance in
Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities – a
Practitioners’ Guide to Proper Practices and present fairly
the nancial position of this authority.
I conrm that these Accounting Statements were
approved by this authority on this date:
Signed by Chairman of the meeting where the Accounting
Statements were approved
Signed by Responsible Financial Ofcer before being
presented to the authority for approval
as recorded in minute reference:
8. Total value of cash and
short term investments
9. Total xed assets plus
long term investments
and assets
10. Total borrowings
The sum of all current and deposit bank accounts, cash
holdings and short term investments held as at 31 March –
To agree with bank reconciliation.
The value of all the property the authority owns – it is made
up of all its xed assets and long term investments as at
31 March.
The outstanding capital balance as at 31 March of all loans
from third parties (including PWLB).
11. (For Local Councils Only) Disclosure note
re Trust funds (including charitable)
The Council, as a body corporate, acts as sole trustee for
and is responsible for managing Trust funds or assets.
N.B. The gures in the accounting statements above do
not include any Trust transactions.
1. Balances brought
2. (+) Precept or Rates and
4. (-) Staff costs
5. (-) Loan interest/capital
6. (-) All other payments
7. (=) Balances carried
3. (+) Total other receipts
Total balances and reserves at the beginning of the year
as recorded in the nancial records. Value must agree to
Box 7 of previous year.
Please round all gures to nearest £1. Do not leave any
boxes blank and report £0 or Nil balances. All gures must
agree to underlying nancial records.
Notes and guidanceYear ending
31 March
31 March
Total amount of precept (or for IDBs rates and levies)
received or receivable in the year. Exclude any grants
Total income or receipts as recorded in the cashbook less
the precept or rates/levies received (line 2). Include any
grants received.
Total expenditure or payments made to and on behalf of
all employees. Include salaries and wages, PAYE and NI
(employees and employers), pension contributions and
employment expenses.
Total expenditure or payments of capital and interest
made during the year on the authority’s borrowings (if any).
Total expenditure or payments as recorded in the cash-
book less staff costs (line 4) and loan interest/capital
repayments (line 5).
Total balances and reserves at the end of the year. Must
equal (1+2+3) - (4+5+6).
Section 2 – Accounting Statements 2018/19 for
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