Under the various regulations and laws which govern the way town councils are run, all local residents within each town council area have the right to inspect the town council’s accounts each year during a period of time referred to as ‘the period of exercise of public rights’.
The period of rights for residents to inspect Winsford Town Council’s accounts for the financial year 2018/19 lasts from Friday 28th June 2019 to Monday 12th August 2019.
A notice confirming these dates can be found by following the link below.
Should anyone wish to examine the full set of accounts, they should contact – in the first instance – the Town Clerk (Mark Bailey) or the Town Mayor for 2018/19 (Cllr Ailsa Gaskill-Jones). Contact details for both can be found below.
A summary of the Winsford Town Council accounts for the 2018-19 financial year is contained within a document called the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR). The AGAR, as well as providing a summary of the accounts also provides a statement on governance (how the council is run and how it makes its decisions).
The AGAR can be seen by clicking the link below. The AGAR was agreed by the Finance Committee of the Town Council at its meeting on 19th June 2019 and has been signed off by the Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee (Cllr Don Beckett) and the Town Clerk.
The figures set out in the AGAR are based, at least in part, on the information contained within the Town Council’s various bank accounts. A summary of this information can be found below. This information presents the amount of money the Town Council had in the bank on 31st March 2019.
The differences between the 2017-18 AGAR and the 2018-19 are explained in the document below – as you can see, some figures have increased and some have decreased. The reasons for these changes are presented in this document.
At the end of the 2018-19 financial year (on 31st March 2019), the Town Council was owed money and also owed others money – the details of who owed what can be seen on the document below.
This information will now be sent off to the Town Council’s external auditor – PFK Littlejohn – contact details can be found below and the organisation’s website can be found at https://www.pkf-littlejohn.com/. The auditors will carry out a ‘limited assurance review’ on the information provided by the Town Council.