Parish councils are elected bodies that serve around 15 million people in England and spend about £500 million a year. Now, public spending watchdog the Audit Commission puts the spotlight on the timeliness and quality of their financial reporting.
Parish councils were required to publish their accounting statements and annual governance statement for 2009/10 by 30 September 2010, with the external auditor's certificate of closure and opinion or with a statement that, at the date of publishing, the auditor had not given an opinion and the reasons why.
Auditors issue an unqualified audit opinion where they consider the information contained in the accounts is in accordance with the specified requirements, and relevant legislation and regulatory requirements have been met. Where this is not the case, the auditor will qualify the opinion setting out the reasons why.
Parish councils with no audit opinion for the last three years or more
Brasted Parish Council, Kent, 2005/06 to 2009/10
Fillingham Parish Meeting, Lincolnshire, 2001/02 to 2009/10
Little Ponton and Stroxton Parish Council, Lincolnshire, 2007/08 to 2009/10
Markington with Wallerthwaite Parish Council 1, North Yorkshire, 2007/08 to 2009/10
Martindale Parish Meeting, Cumbria, 2007/08 to 2009/10
Newbiggin Parish Meeting, Cumbria, 2007/08 to 2009/10
South Croxton Parish Council, Leicestershire 2006/07 to 2009/10
Wingrave with Rowsham Parish Council, Buckinghamshire 2007/08 to 2009/10
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