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Annual Governance Statement 2021/2022

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Section 1 -Annual Governance Statement 2021/22

We acknowledge as the members of:

THE   LEIGH  PARISH COUNCIL

our  responsibility for ensuring that there is a sound system of internal control, including arrangements for the preparation of the Accounting Statements. We confirm, to the best of our knowledge and belief, with respect to the Accounting Statements for the year ended 31 March 2022, that:

‘Yes’ means that this authority …..

1. We have put in place arrangements for effective financial

management during the year, and for the preparation of the accounting statements.

 

Yes

prepared its accounting statements in accordance with the Accounts and Audit Regulations.
2. We maintained an adequate system of internal control including measures designed to prevent and detect fraud and corruption and reviewed its effectiveness. Yes made proper arrangements and accepted responsibility for safeguarding the public money and resources in its charge.
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 significant financial effect on the ability of this authority to conduct its business or manage its finances.  

Yes

has only done what ii has the legal power to do and has complied with Proper Practices in doing so.
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.  

   Yes

during the year gave all persons interested the opportunity to inspect and ask questions about this authority’s accounts.
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.  

    Yes

considered and documented the financial and other risks it faces and dealt with /them properly.
6. We maintained throughout the year an adequate and effective system of internal audit of the accounting records and control systems.    Yes arranged for a competent person, independent of the financial controls and procedures, to give an objective view on whether

internal controls meet the needs of this smaller authority.

7. We took appropriate action on all matters raised in reports from internal and external audit.    Yes responded to matters brought to its attention by 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 financial impact on this authority and, where appropriate, have included them in the accounting statements.  

Yes

disclosed everything it should have about its business activity during the year including events taking place after the year end if relevant.
9. (For local councils only) Trust funds including

charitable. In our capacity as the sole managing

trustee we discharged our accountability

has met all of its responsibilities where, as a body

corporate, it is a sole managing trustee of a local trust or trusts.

responsibilities for the fund(s)/assets, including

financial reporting and, if required, independent examination or audit.

    Yes

*Please provide explanations to the external auditor on a separate sheet for each ‘No’ response and describe how the authority will address the weaknesses identified. These sheets must be published with the Annual Governance Statement.

This Annual Governance Statement was approved at a meeting of the authority on:

11/05/2022

and recorded as minute reference:

Minutes dated 11.5.2022 Item 4

Signed by the Chairman and Clerk of the meeting where approval was given:

Chairman (Signature of the Chair – Cllr John Arkell)

Clerk (Signature of the Clerk – Miss K Tilling)

Please note:

The AGAR statement is not fully WCAG compliant and the Parish Council can advise that a signed copy of the original form is available on request

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2021/22 Form 3

Local Councils, Internal Drainage Boards and other Smaller Authorities*

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