Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return Year ending 31 March 2020: Watton Notice of Inspection 19.20
Annual Governance and Accountability Return Sections 1 and 2 and Internal Auditors Report AGAR 19.20
2019/20 Annual Return
As a result of the current pandemic the Town Council’s Internal Audit is to be undertaken remotely. Once the Internal Auditor has produced his report the Council will sign off the end of year accounts and the Annual Return for the year ending March 31st 2020. Draft accounts must be made available before August 31st 2020.
Further information about the changes this year can be found by accessing the link below to the new Regulations.
SI 2020/404 The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 This SI amends the deadline by which the Annual Governance Statement and Statement of Accounts of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) together with any certificate or opinion issued by the local auditor must be published from 30 September 2020 to 30 November 2020. Previously there was a requirement for all smaller authorities to have a common period for the exercise of public rights, being the first 10 working days of July. Under the new regulations there is no requirement for a common period for the exercise of public rights. Smaller authorities are still required to set a period for this purpose, but the only requirement is that the 30-working day period for the exercise of public rights should start on or before the first working day of September, i.e. on or before 1 September 2020. This SI was issued on 7 April and is effective from 30 April 2020.
Current national guidance is strongly suggesting that continuity at this time of crisis is beneficial and with this in mind Watton Town Council has readily agreed that Pat Warwick will remain as Chairman of Watton Town Council and Mayor of Watton until May 2021.
All other Councillor posts will also continue until May 2021.
Watton CoronaCare Shops – Updated March 25th
Local Businesses and Groups offering Help and support.