Section 1 – Annual Governance Statement 2022/23
We acknowledge as the members of Belstone Parish Council our responsibility for ensuring that there is a sound system of internal control, including arrangements for the preparation of the Accounting Statements. We confirm, to the best of our knowledge and belief, with respect to the Accounting Statements for the year ended 31 March 2023, that:
|‘Yes’ means that this authority|
|1. We have put in place arrangements for effective financial |
management during the year, and for the preparation of
the accounting statements.
|YES||prepared its accounting statements in accordance|
with the Accounts and Audit Regulations
|2. We maintained an adequate system of internal control|
including measures designed to prevent and detect fraud
and corruption and reviewed its effectiveness.
|YES||made proper arrangements and accepted responsibility|
for safeguarding the public money and resources in
|3. We took all reasonable steps to assure ourselves|
that there are no matters of actual or potential
non-compliance with laws, regulations and Proper
Practices that could have a significant financial effect
on the ability of this authority to conduct its
business or manage its finances
|YES||has only done what it has the legal power to do and has|
complied with Proper Practices in doing so
|4. We provided proper opportunity during the year for|
the exercise of electors’ rights in accordance with the
requirements of the Accounts and Audit Regulations.
|YES||during the year gave all persons interested the opportunity to|
inspect and ask questions about this authority’s accounts
|5. We carried out an assessment of the risks facing this|
authority and took appropriate steps to manage those
risks, including the introduction of internal controls and/or
external insurance cover where required.
|YES||considered and documented the financial and other risks it|
faces and dealt with them properly.
|6. We maintained throughout the year an adequate and|
effective system of internal audit of the accounting
records and control systems.
|YES||arranged for a competent person, independent of the financial|
controls and procedures, to give an objective view on whether
internal controls meet the needs of this smaller authority
|7. We took appropriate action on all matters raised|
in reports from internal and external audit.
|YES||responded to matters brought to its attention by internal and|
|8. We considered whether any litigation, liabilities or|
commitments, events or transactions, occurring either
during or after the year-end, have a financial impact on
this authority and, where appropriate, have included them
in the accounting statements.
|YES||disclosed everything it should have about its business activity|
during the year including events taking place after the year
end if relevant
|9. (For local councils only) Trust funds including|
charitable. In our capacity as the sole managing
trustee we discharged our accountability
responsibilities for the fund(s)/assets, including
financial reporting and, if required, independent
examination or audit.
|YES||has met all of its responsibilities where as a body|
corporate it is a sole managing trustee of a local trust
Signed by the Chairman and Clerk of the meeting where approval was given:
Chairman: Michael Ash
Clerk: Sally Fullwood
This Annual Governance Statement was approved at a meeting of the authority on: 26th June 2023
and recorded as minute reference: 2023/24-53B