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NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2022

Every local government authority is required to prepare and publish its accounts within statutory timescales and provide a period when the public may inspect them.  This inspection period starts on Friday 1 July until Friday 12 August 2022.  The full text of this announcement is set out below.

The accounts may be viewed here: https://middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk/document-category/accounts/

Smaller authority name: Middleham Town Council

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27 and The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

NOTICE

  1. Date of announcement Thursday 30th June 2022
  2. 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 2022, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

David Keep, Town Clerk, Middleham Town Council, Middleham Key Centre, Park Lane, Middleham, DL8 4RA Tel 07531 580499 office@middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk www.middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk

commencing on           Friday 1 July 2022

and ending on             Friday 12 August 2022

  1. 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.

  1. 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)

15 Westferry Circus

Canary Wharf

London E14 4HD

(sba@pkf-l.com)

  1. This announcement is made by David Keep, Clerk, Proper Officer & Responsible Financial Officer