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Annual Governance Statement 2023-24

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Section 1 – Annual Governance Statement 2023/24

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 2024, 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.
YESprepared 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.
YESmade proper arrangements and accepted responsibility
for safeguarding the public money and resources in
its charge.
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
YEShas 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.
YESduring 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.
YESconsidered 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.
YESarranged 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.
YESresponded to matters brought to its attention by internal and
external audit.
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.
YESdisclosed 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.
YEShas met all of its responsibilities where as a body
corporate it is a sole managing trustee of a local trust
or trusts

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: 20th May 2024
and recorded as minute reference: 2024/25-022B