TRANSPARENCY CODE FOR SMALLER COUNCILS
The Parish Council's financial year is from 1 April to 31 March. Each year the Council's accounts are subject to an Internal and External Audit. The Internal Auditor, appointed annually by the Council, goes through the day to day income and expenditure, bank statements, etc. The External Auditor is appointed on a four/five year basis by the Audit Commission and there are specific forms signed by the Chairman, Clerk and Internal Auditor which are sent to the External Auditor to be signed off. The Government has now advised Councils with a turnover of less than £25,000 that in future they will not have to send the accounts for External Audit but instead must publish them on the website. Tillington is one such Council.
The following information has to be provided
Annual Return Form which includes