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Westleigh Parish Council 2016/2017      


Expenditure     Actual 2016/2017


Clerks Renumeration        1,536.21   

Clerks Expenses           105.44   

Clerks Holiday Pay           156.53   

NDC Payroll- Admin fee              25.72   

Councillor training                2.75   

Repair & Maintenance           570.00   

Insurance           280.91   

Audit fee              15.00   

British Legion/poppy wreath              25.00   

Parish Website           516.49   

Hire of Westleigh Village Hall           160.00   

Laptop & Printer            497.81   

VAT on purchases              16.05   



Devon Association of Local Council              69.58   

Taw & Torridge Estuary Forum              20.00   


Westleigh Village Hall           266.00   

Westleigh PCC Burial ground           266.00   

Instow/Westleigh Parish Magazine           160.00


Total Expenditure       4,689.49  




Precept        3,000.00   

Parish Grant - Burial Ground/Village Hall           532.00   

NDC - Parish Assistance           144.62   

VAT refund           138.33   

NDC Councillor Community grant           200.00   

Transparancy Code Grant Website & Computer systems        1,832.00   

Total Income        5,846.95   


Balance b/fwd April 2016        3,310.44   

Excess of receipts over payments       1,157.46  

Bank balance as at 31 March 2017       4,467.90  

Westleigh Parish Council – Items of Expenditure over £100

April 2016 – End of March 2017

Supplier                                                              Expenditure        Date paid – Cheque no.

Community First Annual insurance -                         £194.32                      240 – July 2016

Cllr David Williamson Website costs -                      £135.54                      241 – July 2016

TDC – deduction from precept. Parish Clerk – Salary - £276.21                              June 2016

Westleigh Parish Council – Annual Governance Statement -2017

Section 2 of the annual audit requires Councillors to acknowledge their responsibility for ensuring there is a sound system of internal control in place, to include the preparation of the statement of accounts.   The Statement includes actions to meet the requirements of the Transparency code for smaller authorities.

The Annual Governance Statement should be signed by the Chairman and the Clerk.

1 We have approved the statement of accounts which have been approved in accordance with requirements of the Accounts and Audit regulations.  

 The annual accounts are prepared by the Clerk on the basis of records of expenditure and income.  The annual budget is prepared for the December meeting, and influences the level of annual precept.  The accounts are scrutinised by an independent external auditors, and approved as part of the annual return.   

2 We have maintenance an adequate system of internal control including measures to prevent and detect fraud and corruption.   

 Financial regulations have been approved and adopted by the Parish Council. The Council have agreed a finance sub group to meet twice a year to reconcile income and expenditure, and report any discrepancies to the Parish Council.  A financial summary is provided to members at each Parish meeting.

3 We have taken responsible steps to assure that there are no matters of actual or potential non – compliance with laws, regulations, and codes of practice which could have a significant financial effect on the ability of the council to conduct its business.   

4 We have provided proper opportunity during the year for the exercise of electors rights in accordance with the requirements of the Accounts and Audit Regulations, and transparency code for smaller authorities  

 The Council displays a Notice of Audit on two parish notice board's following the approval of the annual return, which entitles any person interested to inspect and make copies of the Annual Return, books, invoices, receipts etc. The statement of accounts will be made available via the parish website, and will include a breakdown of all expenditure items over £100.  

5 We have taken action on all matters raised in the reports from both internal and external audit.  

 The Council has established a Finance Sub – Group to review the council’s finances with the Clerk.  The review will look at bank statements and reconciliation income and expenditure to ensure all internal control systems are in place.  The council has established a contingency fund to provide a maintenance budget for the two bus shelters owned by the parish.  The council insurance has been reviewed to ensure adequate cover is in place for the phone kiosk library, and kissing gates.  

6 We have taken steps to ensure all minutes, agendas, and papers of formal meetings are displayed on the website, and to comply with the new Transparency Code requirements we will publish on the website the following information:

Items of expenditure over £100.

End of year accounts

Annual Governance Statement

List of Councillors

     Any details of public land /building assets.  

 Agendas for all parish council meetings are posted on the parish noticeboards 14 days prior to the meeting date.  The agenda is also provided on the council’s website, 14 days prior to the meeting date.  Signed draft minutes are posted on parish noticeboards and on the council’s website within three days of the meeting.  

7 We will provide an annual publications of councillors or members responsibilities no later than 1 July in the year immediately following the accounting year to which it relates, and will include:

a)  names of all councillors or members,

b)  committee or board membership and function,

c)  representation on external local public bodies(if nominated to represent the authority)   

Westleigh Parish Council – Councillors


Cllr Ken Griffin


Chairman of the Parish Council


Cllr Lyn Gear


Vice chair of the Parish Council


Cllr John Edwards


Parish Councillor


Cllr Brian Moores


District and Parish Councillor


Cllr Lesley Burges


Parish Councillor

Cllr Stephen Ettling


Parish Councillor

Cllr Kevin Farrell – Roberts


Parish Councillor

Cllr Frank Beiderman


 Devon County Councillor

Malcolm Harris  


Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.