The conduct of the Council’s financial affairs is governed by our Financial Regulations. Every penny we spend is recorded and monitored against an annual Budget. The Council has an Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) who produces a report each month for consideration by Full Council. This report includes movements in the bank accounts and reserve accounts, and performance against Budget with a full year forecast. The Budget each year determines the amount of Precept the Council request from North Herts District Council.

Each year the Council’s financial accounts and statements are reviewed by an independent internal auditor appointed by the Council. The Council is also required to complete an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) which includes the findings of the Internal Auditor, together with Governance Statements and Financial Statements. The AGAR is then submitted to the independent external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission for examination.


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