2016/2017 Annual Return. Signed off by external Auditor.
2014/2015 Annual Return. Signed off by external Auditor and Public Notice included.
2013/2014 Annual Return. Signed off by external Auditor and public notice was displayed at Ellesmere Town Hall.
2012/2013 Annual Return. Signed off by External Auditor and public notice was displayed at Ellesmere Town Hall.
Explanation of the process:
The Town Council’s accounting year runs from 1st April – 31st March.
The Annual Return comprises a 6-page document that must be presented to the full Town Council for formal approval before it is submitted to the External Auditor by 1st July this year.
The Independent Internal Auditor is also required to sign the Annual Return.
The Annual Return is sent to the External Auditor with a variety of supporting documentation, which varies from year to year depending on the specific request for the External Auditor. However, the supporting documentation can include; copies of year-end bank statements and all reports made by the Internal Auditor, insurance policy details, asset and property registers, copies of governance documentation (Council rules), risk management schedules and copies of minutes for some specific items.
Upon receipt, the External Auditor will examine the Annual Return and its supporting documentation. The External Auditor will then complete section 3 (of the 6 page) ‘the External Auditor’s certificate and opinion and return it to the Town Council.
The Town Council is required to display the fully completed (6 page) Annual Return, with accompanying notice that advises local electors how they can view the Annual Return. The Notice (and the return) is always placed on both noticeboards at Ellesmere Town Hall for at least 14 days.
In addition, the Town Council now publishes its submission and the completed Annual Return on the Ellesmere Town Council website.
The original document can be viewed by prior appointment with the Town Clerk, Miss Joanne Butterworth, to arrange an appointment please call 01691 622689.