Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2023-24

Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2024.

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

  1. Date of announcement: Friday 31 May 2024
  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 this 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 2024, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to: Clare Kennett, Parish Clerk, westdeanpc@yahoo.com, 07596 884847, or West Dean Parish Council, c/o West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester PO18 OQZ commencing on Monday 3 June 2024 and ending on Friday 12 July 2024.
  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 in 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 a review by the appointing 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 Moore (Ref AP/HD), Rutland House, Minerva Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6PZ.
  5. This announcement is made by Clare Kennett, Clerk to West Dean Parish Council.

The AGAR and end of year audit documents for 2023-24 are available here.

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