Annual Internal Audit Report 2021/22


During the financial year ended 31 March 2022, this authority’s internal auditor acting independently and on the basis of an assessment of risk, carried out a selective assessment of compliance with the relevant procedures and controls in operation and obtained appropriate evidence from the authority.

The internal audit for 2021/22 has been carried out in accordance with this authority’s needs and planned coverage. On the basis of the findings in the areas examined, the internal audit conclusions are summarised in this table. Set out below are the objectives of internal control and alongside are the internal audit conclusions on whether, in all significant respects, the control objectives were being achieved throughout the financial year to a standard adequate to meet the needs of this authority.

Internal control objective Yes  No*  Not covered**
A. Appropriate accounting records have been properly kept throughout the financial year      
B. This authority complied with its financial regulations, payments were supported by invoices, all expenditure was approved and VAT was appropriately accounted for.     
C. This authority assessed the significant risks to achieving its objectives and reviewed the adequacy of arrangements to manage these.    
D. The precept or rates requirement resulted from an adequate budgetary process; progress against the budget was regularly monitored; and reserves were appropriate.    
E. Expected income was fully received, based on correct prices, properly recorded and promptly banked; and VAT was appropriately accounted for     
F. Petty cash payments were properly supported by receipts, all petty cash expenditure was approved and VAT appropriately accounted for.       N/A
G. Salaries to employees and allowances to members were paid in accordance with this authority’s approvals, and PAYE and NI requirements were properly applied.    
H. Asset and investments registers were complete and accurate and properly maintained.     
I. Periodic bank account reconciliations were properly carried out during the year.     
J. Accounting statements prepared during the year were prepared on the correct accounting basis (receipts and payments or income and expenditure), agreed to the cash book, supported by an adequate audit trail from underlying records and where appropriate debtors and creditors were properly recorded.    
K. If the authority certified itself as exempt from a limited assurance review in 2020/21, it met the exemption criteria and correctly declared itself exempt. (If the authority had a limited assurance review of its 2020/21 AGAR tick “not covered”)    
L. The authority publishes information on a website/webpage, up to date at the time of the internal audit, in accordance with the Transparency code for smaller authorities.    
M. The authority, during the previous year (2020-21) correctly provided for the period for the exercise of public rights as required by the Accounts and Audit Regulations (evidenced by the notice published on the website and/or authority approved minutes confirming the dates set).    
N. The authority has complied with the publication requirements for 2020/21 AGAR (see AGAR Page 1 Guidance Notes).    
O. (For local councils only) Yes  No*  Not applicable
Trust funds (including charitable) – The council met its responsibilities as a trustee       

For any other risk areas identified by this authority adequate controls existed (list any other risk areas on separate sheets if needed).

Date(s) internal audit undertaken Name of person who carried out the internal audit
Signature of person who
carried out the internal audit
Christopher Neufeld Date 18/06/2022  

*If the response is 'no' please state the implications and action being taken to address any weakness in control identified (add separate sheets if needed).

**Note: If the response is 'not covered' please state when the most recent internal audit work was done in this area and when it is next planned; or, if coverage is not required, the annual internal audit report must explain why not (add separate sheets if needed).


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Bank Reconciliation at 31st March 2022.
Bank Accounts.
T.S.B. - Current account
Cash Book
Balance brought forward 1st April 2021
ADD Receipts
LESS Payments
Signed by:
John Sargeant, Chairman of the Council
John Bourne, Clerk & Financial Officer to the Council

Section 1 – Annual Governance Statement 2021/22

We acknowledge as the members of:


our responsibility for ensuring that there is a sound system of internal control, including arrangements for the preparation of the Accounting Statements. We confirm, to the best of our knowledge and belief, with respect to the Accounting Statements for the year ended 31 March 2022, that:

  Yes  No Yes’ means that this authority:
1. We have put in place arrangements for effective financial management during the year, and for the preparation of the accounting statements.    prepared its accounting statements in accordance with the Accounts and Audit Regulations. 
2. We maintained an adequate system of internal control including measures designed to prevent and detect fraud and corruption and reviewed its effectiveness.    made proper arrangements and accepted responsibility for safeguarding the public money and resources in its charge.
3. We took all reasonable steps to assure ourselves that there are no matters of actual or potential non-compliance with laws, regulations and Proper Practices that could have a significant financial effect on the ability of this authority to conduct its business or manage its finances.    has only done what it has the legal power to do and has complied with Proper Practices in doing so.
4. We provided proper opportunity during the year for the exercise of electors’ rights in accordance with the requirements of the Accounts and Audit Regulations.    during the year gave all persons interested the opportunity to inspect and ask questions about this authority’s accounts.
5. We carried out an assessment of the risks facing this authority and took appropriate steps to manage those risks, including the introduction of internal controls and/or external insurance cover where required.    considered and documented the financial and other risks it faces and dealt with them properly.
6. We maintained throughout the year an adequate and effective system of internal audit of the accounting records and control systems.    arranged for a competent person, independent of the financial controls and procedures, to give an objective view on whether internal controls meet the needs of this smaller authority.
7. We took appropriate action on all matters raised in reports from internal and external audit.    responded to matters brought to its attention by internal and external audit.
8. We considered whether any litigation, liabilities or commitments, events or transactions, occurring either during or after the year-end, have a financial impact on this authority and, where appropriate, have included them in the accounting statements.    disclosed everything it should have about its business activity during the year including events taking place after the yearend if relevant.
9. (For local councils only) Trust funds including charitable. In our capacity as the sole managing trustee we discharged our accountability responsibilities for the fund(s)/assets, including financial reporting and, if required, independent examination or audit. Yes  No N/A has met all of its responsibilities where as a body corporate it is a sole managing trustee of a local trust or trusts.

*For any statement to which the response is ‘no’, an explanation must be published

This Annual Governance Statement was approved at a meeting of the authority on:
and recorded as minute reference:
23/23 (e)
Signed by the Chairman and Clerk of the meeting where approval was given:
Chairman        Chair's Digital Signature
Clerk               Clerk's Digital Signature
Other information required by the Transparency Code (not part of the Annual Governance Statement)
The authority website/webpage is up to date and the information required by the Transparency Code has been published. Yes  No


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2021 / 2022

Explanation of significant variations as detailed below:
Box 3. Total Other Receipts - Increase of £396. 
Increase in Amount of SMDC Lengthsman Scheme
British Legion Cheque Written Back 
Grant from District Councillors Community Fund
Box 6. All Other Payments - Decrease of £1,724. 
General Admin - Decrease of
Agency Services - Decrease of 
S137 Payments - Decrease of
Room Hire
New Bus Shelter (now erected) - Decrease of
Painting of Village Seats
Painting of Wooden Bus Shelters
V.A.T. Refund - Decrease of 
Other differences
Signed by:
John Sargeant, Chairman of the Council  Date: 23/6/22
John Bourne, Clerk & Financial Officer to the Council  Date: 23rd June 2022

Certificate of Exemption – AGAR 2021/22 Part 2

To be completed by smaller authorities where the higher of gross income or gross expenditure did not exceed £25,000 in the year of account ended 31 March 2022, and that wish to certify themselves as exempt from a limited assurance review under Section 9 of the Local Audit (Smaller Authorities) Regulations 2015

There is no requirement to have a limited assurance review or to submit an Annual Governance and Accountability Return to the external auditor, provided that the authority has certified itself as exempt at a meeting of the authority after 31 March 2022 and a completed Certificate of Exemption is submitted no later than 30 June 2022 notifying the external auditor.


certifies that during the financial year 2021/22, the higher of the authority’s total gross income for the year or total gross annual expenditure, for the year did not exceed £25,000

Total annual gross income for the authority 2021/22:  £6,108
Total annual gross expenditure for the authority 2021/22:  £5,021


There are certain circumstances in which an authority will be unable to certify itself as exempt, so that a limited assurance review will still be required. If an authority is unable to confirm the statements below then it cannot certify itself as exempt and it must submit the completed Annual Governance and Accountability Return Part 3 to the external auditor to undertake a limited assurance review for which a fee of £200 +VAT will be payable.

By signing this Certificate of Exemption you are confirming that:

  • The authority was in existence on 1st April 2018
  • In relation to the preceding financial year (2020/21), the external auditor has not:
    • issued a public interest report in respect of the authority or any entity connected with it
    • made a statutory recommendation to the authority, relating to the authority or any entity connected with it
    • issued an advisory notice under paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 8 to the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 (“the Act”), and has not withdrawn the notice
    • commenced judicial review proceedings under section 31(1) of the Act
    • made an application under section 28(1) of the Act for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful, and the application has not been withdrawn nor has the court refused to make the declaration
  • The court has not declared an item of account unlawful after a person made an appeal under section 28(3) of the Act.

If you are able to confirm that the above statements apply and that the authority neither received gross income, nor incurred gross expenditure, exceeding £25,000, then the Certificate of Exemption can be signed and a copy submitted to the external auditor either by email or by post (not both).

The Annual Internal Audit Report, Annual Governance Statement, Accounting Statements, an analysis of variances and the bank reconciliation plus the information required by Regulation 15 (2), Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 including the period for the exercise of public rights still need to be fully completed and, along with a copy of this certificate, published on a public website* before 1 July 2022. By signing this certificate you are also confirming that you are aware of this requirement.

Signed by the Responsible Financial Officer  Date
Clerk's Digital Signature 23/06/2022 
Signed by Chairman  Date
Chair's Digital Signature 23/06/2022 
I confirm that this Certificate of
Exemption was approved by this
authority on this date:
as recorded in minute reference:  
23/22 (b)
Generic email address of Authority
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*Published web address
Telephone number
01782 502940

ONLY this Certificate of Exemption should be returned EITHER by email OR by post (not both) as soon as possible after certification to your external auditor, but no later than 30 June 2022. Reminder letters incur a charge of £40 +VAT

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