Local councils in England with an annual turnover of £6.5 million or less must complete an annual return in accordance with proper practices summarising their activities at the end of each financial year. This must be approved no later than 30 June.
Basically stated, proper practices mean that to inform taxpayers, local councils must prepare a report on their activities for the year, which is externally audited and then published. External audit remains an essential element in accounting for public money. It makes an important contribution to the stewardship of public resources and to the corporate governance of public services. It also supports local democracy by helping to ensure that members and officers are accountable to the communities they serve and by providing assurance that the public money they manage has been properly spent.
The public accountability framework encourages openness and transparency from local councils by requiring that the annual return and external audit reports are made public. Read the full Governance & Accountability Guide for Local Councils…
Annual Audit 2012-13
The council has completed its Annual Return for 2012-13. The External Auditor has concluded that information contained in the annual return is in accordance with proper practices and no matters have come to their attention giving cause for concern that relevant legislation and regulatory requirements have not been met.
Accounting statements are available for inspection by any local government elector for the Parish of Stone. Notice of such a request must be made to: Jennie Thomas, Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer, Council Office, Stone Pavilion, Hayes Road, Stone, Kent DA9 9DS. A full copy of Annual Return documents can be viewed here…
Local government electors and their representatives also have the opportunity to question the auditor about the accounts; and the right to make objections to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the council. Read the full Notice of Appointment of Date for the Exercise of Electors’ Rights…
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Hayes Road | Greenhithe | Kent | DA9 9DS
Clerk of the Council: Jennie Thomas