It is important to the Councillors in the West Swindon Parish that there is transparency and accountability for its financial decisions and practices. 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 the duty the Council resolves annually to agree a Statement of Internal Control and appoints an internal auditor to assess and report on these processes.
At the end of the financial year (31st March), the Internal Auditor receives the accounts for last 12 months and gives the Council an annual internal audit report to support the Council to complete its Annual Governance Statement. This should be published in July.
The West Swindon Parish Council will publish details of its accounts at the end of each financial year along with information about how the public can inspect the accounts.
The Council's Financial Regulations governing the internal and external auditing process are covered by the regulation issued under provisions of section 27 of the Audit Commission Act 1998. The Accounts and Audit Regulations 1995 set out requirements for local Councils in relation to audit and accounting practices.
There are a number of exemptions and redactions from the data in line with the Transparency Code requirements, including the exemption of non-commercial payments to specific individuals which cannot be disclosed as they are covered by Data Protection Act requirements. Employee and pensions information is also not included.
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