Dates for the Exercise of Public Rights 2019-20

Under the various regulations and laws which govern the way town councils are run, all local residents within each town council area have the right to inspect the town council’s accounts each year during a period of time referred to as ‘the period of exercise of public rights’.

The period of rights for residents to inspect Winsford Town Council’s accounts for the financial year 2019/20 lasts from Monday 29th June 2020 to Monday 7th August 2020.

A notice confirming these dates can be found by following the link below.

Should anyone wish to examine the full set of accounts, they should contact – in the first instance – the Town Clerk (Mark Bailey) or the Town Mayor for 2019/20 (Cllr Ailsa Gaskill-Jones). Contact details for both can be found below.

A summary of the Winsford Town Council accounts for the 2019-20 financial year is contained within a document called the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR). The AGAR, as well as providing a summary of the accounts also provides a statement on governance (how the council is run and how it makes its decisions).

The AGAR can be seen by clicking the link below. The AGAR was agreed by the Town Council at its meeting on 15th June 2020 and has been signed off by the Mayor and the Town Clerk.

The figures set out in the AGAR are based, at least in part, on the information contained within the Town Council’s various bank accounts. A summary of this information can be found below. This information presents the amount of money the Town Council had in the bank on 31st March 2020.

The differences between the 2018-19 AGAR and the 2019-20 are explained in the document below – as you can see, some figures have increased and some have decreased. The reasons for these changes are presented in this document.

At the end of the 2019-20 financial year (on 31st March 2020), the Town Council was owed money and also owed others money – the details of who owed what can be seen on the document below.

This information will now be sent off to the Town Council’s external auditor – PFK Littlejohn – contact details can be found below and the organisation’s website can be found at https://www.pkf-littlejohn.com/. The auditors will carry out a ‘limited assurance review’ on the information provided by the Town Council.