PARISH COUNCIL AUDIT 

COLNEY HEATH PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF THE AUDIT  – Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31st March 2020

Section 20 (2) & 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)

  1. The audit of accounts for the Colney Heath Parish Council Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been completed and the accounts have been published.    The external auditors, PKF Littlejohn, have concluded the audit for the financial year 2019/20 and are satisfied that the Parish Council’s accounts, governance and supporting information supplied are in accordance with proper practices and that relevant legislation and regulatory requirements have been met.
  2. Any local government elector for the parish may obtain, inspect or take a copy of the Statement of Accounts and Auditor’s Certificate and Report by arrangement with the Clerk during the following hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am-1pm;
    1. The Notice of Conclusion of Audit may be viewed or downloaded by looking at this link – CHPC Notice of Conclusion of Audit 19-20
    2. The Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2019-20 Sections 1 and 2 (Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements) may be viewed or downloaded by clicking at this link – CHPC Annual Governance and Accounting Statement 2019-20
    3. The Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2019-20 Section 3 (External Auditor Report and Certificate) may be viewed or downloaded by clicking this link – CHPC External Auditor Report and Certificate 161120

Contact details for the Clerk are as follows:

Lisa Chaplin  – Clerk to the Parish Council

Colney Heath Parish Council

Highfield Park Visitor Office

]Hill End Lane

St Albans AL4 0RA

or by email at clerk@colneyheathparishcouncil.gov.uk

  1. Copies will be provided to any local government elector on payment of £1.00 for each copy of the annual return with additional cost for postage.

Announcement made by: Lisa Chaplin LCGI PSLCC CPFA CiLCA   Clerk to the Parish Council

Date of Announcement:   16th November 2020

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Internal Audit

The Parish Council is responsible in law for ensuring that its financial management is adequate and effective and that the council has a sound system of internal control. In order to comply with this duty the council resolves annually to agree a Statement of Internal Control and appoints an internal auditor to assess and report on these processes. The most recent internal audit report can be downloaded below:

SIAS Audit Plan 2020-21 for Colney Heath Parish Council

Shared Internal Audit Service (SIAS) Internal Audit Report – for year ending 31 March 2020

The Annual Governance and Accountability Return for 2019-20 and associated paperwork can be downloaded below:

CHPC Budget 2020-21

Bank – Cash and Investment Reconciliation as at 31 March 2020

Internal Audited CHPC Annual Governance & Accountability Return for year ending 31 Mar 2020

As a local resident you have legal rights to inspect, ask questions about and challenge items in your authority’s accounts.  The National Audit Office produced a Guide to your rights in May 2019 and this will answer any of your questions on Local authority accounts and your rights as a resident under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, which applies for the audit of accounts for 2015-16 onwards.  A copy of the guide can be downloaded here: Local authority accounts – A guide to your rights

On behalf of Colney Heath Parish Council, it is confirmed that the period for the exercise of public rights commences on Tuesday 1st September 2020 and ends on Monday 12th October 2020.  A copy of the Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) signed form can be viewed here: Confirmation of the dates for the period for the exercise of public rights for year ending 31 March 2020

External Audit

2019/2020 Audit was submitted to PKF Littlejohn on 30th July 2020 and returned on 16th November 2020

In accordance with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015  – Publication of statement of accounts and annual governance statement for Category 2 authorities

Annual Governance and Accountability Return for year ending March 2019 – the external auditor PKF Littlejohn LLP confirms that the information in the annual return is in accordance with proper practices.

The following are expired documents that remain available for public access, on application, for a minimum period of 5 years as per the Notice of Conclusion of Audit.  However, in the interest of transparency the Council will put as many years information as can be located.

Insurance 

CHPC Public Liability Insurance 2020/21

CHPC Employer Liability Insurance 2020/21

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Previous years’ Annual Returns and Internal Audit Reports

2018/19

Shared Internal Audit Service (SIAS) Internal Audit Report – for year ending 31 March 2019

Notice of conclusion of audit 2018/19

Signed CHPC Annual Return for year ending 31 Mar 2019

2017/18

Kent County Council Internal Audit Report – for year ending 31 Mar 2018

Annual Governance and Accountability Return for year ending 31 Mar 2018

CHPC Signed Annual Return for year ending 31 Mar 2018

Kent County Council Internal Audit Report – Mid Year Review Nov 2017 (for year ending 31 March 2018)

2016/17

Kent County Council Internal Audit Report – for year ending 31 Mar 2017

Annual Governance and Accountability Return for year ending 31 Mar 2017

2015/16

Auditing Solutions Internal Audit Report – for year ending 31 Mar 2016

Annual Governance and Accountability Return for year ending 31 Mar 2016

Internal Audit Report  for year ending 31 Mar 2016

Income & Expenditure for year ending 31 March 2016

2014/15

Internal Audit Report for year ending 31 Mar 2015

Annual Governance and Accountability Return for year ending 31 March 2015