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Stanton-under-Bardon Parish Council

Council Audit and Annual Return

As a Parish Council, we have a statutory duty through the Local Audit & Accountability Act 2014 and the Accounts & Audit Regulations 2015 to inform our residents and tax payers how we spend public money in respect of our accounting and auditing procedures. We do this in a number of ways.


  • At every Parish Council meeting (excluding extradordinary meetings), the Parish Councillors review and approve all of the invoices that are scheduled for payment or which have been paid after prior authorisation by the Council. These invoices are also summarised in the draft payment list document. Councillors also have the opportunity to review latest bank statements and to reconcil the amount against the draft financial statement that is also presented. 
  • The end-of-year accounts are produced in April, following the end of the financial year on 31 March. Each year, an internal auditor is then appointed by the Council to review the accounts and all aspects of internal financial control. The internal auditor, who is strictly independent from the Council, then reports findings back to the Council and signs the auditors annual report on the Annual Governance and Accountability Review (AGAR) to highlight issues or to confirm that the council’s system of control is competent and operating transparently. Once the Internal Audit has been undertaken, the parish council has to complete and adopt the governance statement and accounting statements and the accompanying documents required for external audit.
  • The Annual Return and documents are then sent for External Audit and a period of Public Rights to view the unaudited accounts occurs. Once the report from the External Auditor has been received, a second period of Public Rights (to view the audited accounts) then occurs.


If you are a registered local government elector (i.e. you appear on the electoral register for the area covered by the Council) you have legal rights to inspect, ask questions about and challenge items in your council's accounts.

For more information, the National Audit Office has published a guide - Council Accounts - a guide to your rights

Unaudited Documents - 2023 - 2024

File NameLast ModifiedFile Size
Accounting Statement 2023 24.pdf30 May 2024718kB
Annual Governance Statement 2023 24.pdf30 May 2024697kB
Bank Reconciliation 2023 24.pdf30 May 2024293kB
Breakdown of Reserves Held 2023 24.pdf30 May 2024338kB
Explanation of Variances 2023 24.pdf30 May 2024450kB
Internal Audit Report 2023 24.pdf30 May 2024503kB
Notice of Public Rights.docx30 May 202424kB
Stanton Under Bardon Parish Council LRALC IAS Report 2023 20.pdf30 May 2024234kB

Audited Documents - 2022 - 2023

In this section you will find all the unaudited accounts which the Council is required to publish for financial year ending 2022 - 2023.

File NameLast ModifiedFile Size
Accounting Statements.pdf09 June 202389kB
Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2022 23.pdf09 June 2023738kB
Annual Governance Statement.pdf09 June 202388kB
Bank Reconciliation AGAR 22 23.xlsx13 June 202311kB
Explanation of High Reserves.pdf09 June 202334kB
Explanation of Variances.pdf09 June 202399kB
External Auditors Report.pdf30 September 2023493kB
Internal Audit Report 22 23.pdf09 June 2023374kB
LRALC Stanton Under Bardon Parish Council IAS Report 2022 20.pdf09 June 2023226kB
Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2023.pdf04 October 202350kB

Audited Documents 2021-22

Audited Documents 2020-21

Audited Documents 2019-20

Audited Documents 2018-19

Audited Documents 2017-18

Audited Documents 2016-17

Audited Documents 2015-16