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Transparency RequirementsSat, 23rd September 2017

Transparency Requirements

Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities

The Government, in The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 has set out a new audit framework for local public authorities which will exempt bodies with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000 to be exempt from routine external audit. These smaller authorities are now required to publish a set list of documents in order to comply with a new “Transparency Code for smaller authorities”; the intention being to ensure local electors and rate payers are able to easily access relevant information about the authorities’ accounts and governance.

As Responsible Financial Officer for Headley Parish Council I, Tracy Hamer, can confirm that the 2017 Annual Return has been submitted to Council’s external auditor, and, until a Notice of Conclusion of Audit has been received (and published) the Accounting Statements within the attached pages shall remain unaudited and subject to change.

Council has set the period for the exercise of public rights for the accounts for the year ending 31st March 2017 to commence on 19th June 2017 and to end on the 31st July 2017. A summary of electors rights with respect to Council accounts can be downloaded by clicking here.

The Annual Meeting of Council was held on 22nd May 2017 and the draft minutes can be downloaded by visiting the Parish Council Meetings page of this website.

The following information gives the financial details required under the Transparency Code for 2015/16:

We maintain a Register of Members Interests, which can also be viewed on the Mole Valley District Council (“MVDC”) website.

2017 Annual Return (including Governance Statement)

2017 Annual Accounts

Items of Expenditure above £100

Bank Reconciliation and explanation of any significant variances between current and prior year financials

Internal Audit Report

Publication Scheme under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities.

Headley Parish Council has adopted the 2009 Model Publication Scheme issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office. This endorses our commitment to routinely publish and make available a broad amount of information about the council as part of our normal business activities. Click here to view the Model Publication Scheme.

The council has produced a table showing the information that is available, how it can be obtained and whether there is a charge. The guide includes a schedule of charges where applicable. Click here to see the Guide to Information.

Further information about the Freedom of Information Act can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.