Northaw and Cuffley Parish Council wishes to bring to the attention of the public the following:

Councils’ Accounts: A Summary of Electors’ Rights

The basic position

By law any person interested has the right to inspect a smaller authority’s accounts.  If you are entitled and registered to vote in local council elections then you (or your representative) also have the right to ask the appointed auditor questions about the smaller authority’s accounts or object to an item of account contained within them.

The right to inspect the accounts

When your smaller authority has finalised its accounts for the previous financial year it must make them available for inspection.  Smaller authorities must tell the public including advertising this on their website that the accounts and related documents are available to inspect.  You then have 30 working days to look through the accounting statements in the annual return and any supporting documents.  The 30 day period must include a common period of inspection, the first 10 working days of July during which all smaller authorities accounts are available to inspect.  This will be 3-14 July 2017 for 2016/17 accounts. By arrangement you will be able to inspect and make copies of the accounts and the relevant documents.  You may have to pay a copying charge.

To find out more about this opportunity please refer to this item which includes the full documentation: