2015/16 Accounts

This financial year runs from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016. 


The Parish Council's accounts are made up of several documents, starting with the budget which was approved in November 2014.
G&S 15-16 Final Budget.pdf

The Parish Council finished the year £1,796.67 under budget. There were three main reasons for this happening: 

  1. The allowance for expenditure on playground maintenance was not fully used. £871.56 from the 2015/16 under-spend has been ring-fenced for any future repairs which may be necessary. 
  2. The Council did not use all its contingency funding. 
  3. North Yorkshire County Council gave a larger than expected grant towards the Council's grasscutting costs. 
A breakdown and analysis of the position at the end of the year is given in these reports:


The Council has now prepared and approved its accounts for the 2015/16 period and they can be viewed in the documents below: 


The Parish Council undergoes three stages of audit. 

The first is carried out throughout the year as part of the Council's day-to-day checks, controls and processes. These are detailed in a document approved at the start of the financial year: G&S Internal Audit Review 15-16.pdf

The second is an independent check of all financial transactions relating to the 2015/16 financial year, as well as an audit of the Council's governance and practices. This was carried out by Sue Welch, who is Clerk to Darley with Menwith Parish Council, and has been appointed as the Council's Internal Auditor for 2015/16. Her report is in the following document:Internal Auditor's Report .pdf 

Finally the Council undergoes an 'external audit'. All local councils are required to complete and submit an 'annual return'. This is then audited by a firm of accountants appointed by the Audit Commission. This Parish Council's Annual Return for the 2015/16 period, completed so far as is possible at this stage, can be viewed here: G&S 15-16 Annual Return Section 1 & 2 Completed.pdf

An explanation of the significant variances (where there is a variance of more than 15%) between the 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial years is given in this document:G&S 15-16 Explanation of Variances.pdf

As part of the audit process members of the public are given a formal opportunity to inspect the Council's accounts and contact the auditor if they have any concerns. Notice of that opportunity is given here: G&S 15-16 Notice of Electors Right - 1.pdf