July 3, 2020 10:54 am
WELLOW PARISH COUNCIL
NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN
ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 25, 26 and 27
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)
The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)
1. Date of announcement: 1 July 2020
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 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:
The Clerk, Wellow Parish Council, Parish Office, Village Hall, Buttons Lane, West Wellow, S051 6BR
Tel No. 01794 323275
commencing on Monday 6 July 2020
and ending on Friday 14 August 2020
(between the hours of 10.00am and 12 noon, Mon - Wed inclusive)
3. 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.
4. 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
London E14 4HD
5. This announcement is made by:
Sharon Whitehouse, Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer, Wellow Parish Council
Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2020 – Notice of Public Rights – for further details please visit this link
Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) Part 3, including Internal Auditor’s Report
In accordance with statutory requirements, please see below the 19/20 AGAR for Wellow Parish Council, reflecting its financial position as at end March 2020.
The statement and draft accounts have been submitted to the external auditor for approval.
Play Area to remain closed
Unfortunately we won't be re-opening our Play Area at the Recreation Ground, Lower Common Road on Saturday 4th July.
The health and safety of our residents and visitors is our priority and we therefore need time to consider the practical implications of the recently issued Government guidance on re-opening.
It is however, our intention to reopen as soon as possible, albeit things will be different in regards to numbers allowed in the playground at one time and social distancing.
There is an item on Monday night's agenda regarding this.
We would like to thank you for your understanding during these challenging times. Please keep an eye on our website and social media sites for further updates.
Coronavirus Local Information
Wellow Help Group
This long established group is in need of some more volunteer drivers.
If, when this pandemic is over, some of the very kind and helpful people that stepped forward in our hour of need, feel they would like to continue as a volunteer, please give Ann Jarrett a call on 01794 322469.
We would love to be able to boost our ageing band of current drivers with some new blood. - 'Your village needs you!'
Covid 19 - Wellow Parish Burial Ground – Funeral Arrangements
Arrangements are in place to allow burials to continue at Wellow Parish Burial ground, adjacent to St. Margaret’s Church.
Although the Parish Office is currently closed we continue to pick up emails and telephone messages remotely during normal office hours.
If you are an undertaker or family member needing to contact us to make funeral arrangements, in the first instance please contact the Parish Office in the usual way, by phoning on 01794 323275 or sending an email to email@example.com
All the relevant forms are available on our website.
For the time being the Parish Council has decided to suspend the interment of ashes, but requests for burials for Wellow residents and those holding a grant of exclusive right will be accommodated.
We would request that all payments are made online at this time.
Annual Parish Report 2020
Unfortunately the Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for April did not take place due to the Coronavirus. However, the usual report has been produced for residents to provide an update on what the Parish Council has achieved in 19/20 and what its plans are for the next 12 months.
Hampshire Police and Trading Standards want to remind people not to be pressured into signing up for services and goods that they don’t actually need.