As a public authority, Uckfield Town Council is required to follow the procedures set out in the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 in respect of governance, accounts and auditing practices.
What this means
At the end of each financial year, Uckfield Town Council’s internal control procedures, accounts and financial statements must be examined by an independent internal auditor employed by the Town Council. This is Auditing Solutions Limited.
The Town Council is also required to complete the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) which includes the findings of the Internal Audit, the annual governance statement and the financial statements of the Council, before placing these out for publication and submitting these documents to an independent external auditor for review. The Town Council’s independent external auditor is PKF Littlejohn and they have until 30 November 2020 to carry out their review.
The usual deadlines for review of the annual governance and financial statements were put back by two months this year to take account of the challenges faced by local authorities during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The documents are also available for inspection at the Town Council offices, Civic Centre, Uckfield, TN22 1AE for the 2019/20 financial year, between Monday 24 August and Monday 5 October 2020 inclusive.