NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN
ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2023 – click here
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 previous year (2021/22) the Parish Precept was set at £63,127.00 by the Parish Council with a contribution towards Concurrent functions from West Lancashire Borough Council of £2,846. In addition, the Council received receive grants to improve the infrastructure from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) made by building developers, which was spent on Hesketh Bank Community Centre and the Linear Park.
For the current year (2022/23) the Parish Precept was set at £63,305.00 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, £5,791 rent from the three local sports clubs at the Centenary Sports Ground , and £156 from Electricity North West for wayleave agreements. A total income, including some other minor items, of over £85,000. 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, which includes insurance, audit charges, training, room hire, employment and expenses of the Parish Clerk, and legal and professional fees amount to £22,625.
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 Governance and Accountability Return in June/July each year and reports to the Council.
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 audit of accounts for Hesketh with Becconsall Parish council for the year ended 31st March 2023 has been completed and the accounts have been published.
The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection by an local government elector of the are of Hesketh with Becconsall Parish on application to:
The Parish Clerk – Telephone 07834 573227
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
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 accessed here – AGAR 2023.
Parish Clerk and Finance Officer
18th August 2023