Finance & Audit

The Council’s Budget for the ensuing year (April to March) is set in January each year and is collected along with the Council Tax by the Borough Council.

For the forthcoming year (2018/2019) the Parish Precept was set at £56,337 by the Parish Council with a contribution towards Concurrent functions from West Lancashire Borough Council of £2,846. The Council also receive £300 per annum for Allotment management, £1,400 rent from the three local sports clubs at the Centenary Sports Ground, £5,700 rent from Telefonica for their telecomms base station and £142 from Electricity North West for wayleave agreements. A total income, including some other minor items, of over £86,000. In addition, the Council will receive grants to improve the infrastructure from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) made by building developers.

The Council’s basic administration costs, that includes things like insurance, audit charges, training, room hire, the employment and expenses of the Parish Clerk, and legal and professional fees amount to £29,800

The Council’s affairs are audited on an on-going basis by an “Internal Auditor” appointed annually by the Council. An External Auditor, appointed by Central Government examines the Council’s “Annual Return” in June/July each year and reports to the Council.

The 2018 Audited “Annual Governance and Accountability Return” may be viewed by clicking here.

Public Rights 31st May 2018

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 2018, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

The Parish Clerk – Telephone 01772 812 681
Between Monday 4th June 2018 and Friday 13th July 2018

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.

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:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)
1 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf
London E14 4HD

Notice of conclusion of audit 2018
Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2018

Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

The audit of accounts for Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2018 has been completed and the accounts have been published.
The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council and can be downloaded here.

Ian T Cropper, Executive Clerk and Finance Officer
17th September 2018

This announcement is made by Ian T Cropper, Executive Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer.