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2020/21 Accounts

This financial year ran from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021.

Budget
The Town Council's accounts are made up of several documents, starting with the budget which was approved in February 2020. The approved budget can be viewed here.

Progress against the budget is considered at each monthly meeting of the Town Council. Overall, the Council finished the year £66,965 under-budget. 
Whilst this may, on the face of the figure alone, appear to be good news it must be understood in the context of the detailed information provided to the Council by the Responsible Financial Officer which is contained in the Financial Statements found below. 

Accounts
The Council has now prepared and approved its accounts for the 2020/21 period. They can be viewed in the Council's 2021 Annual Review and Financial Statements document. 
This document also includes the annual report to account for the share of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) receipts paid by Leeds City Council relating to developments in Wetherby and shows the funds which were received, held and spent during the 2020/21 year.

The Council routinely approves all payments at each monthly meeting. The list of payments made each month is recorded as an appendix to the minutes of that meeting and can be viewed on the Council Agendas and Minutes page of this site. 

Further detail on any aspect of the accounts can be obtained by contacting the Clerk who is also the Council's Responsible Financial Officer. 

Audit
The Town Council undergoes three stages of audit each year. 
The first is carried out throughout the year as part of the Council's day-to-day checks, controls and processes. These are detailed in a document which was approved at the start of the financial year: WTC 20-21 Audit Plan and Internal Controls Report

The second is an independent check of all financial transactions relating to the 2020/21 financial year, as well as an audit of the Council's governance and practices. This will be carried out by Matthew Gleadell of Angle Community Development Services who has been appointed as the Council's Internal Auditor for the 2020/21 year. 

Finally, all local councils are required to complete and submit an 'AGAR' (Annual Governance and Accountability Return). This is then audited by a firm of accountants appointed by a sector-led body; the Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments Ltd. Wetherby Town Council has approved Sections 1 and 2 of the 2020/21 AGAR which is in the process of being audited. 

Members of the public have the right to inspect and ask questions about Wetherby Town Council's accounting records. The formal process for this is detailed in this 'Notice of Electors Rights', but members of the public are welcome to make contact with the Council to ask questions at any time.