Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR)

The Local Audit & Accountability Act 2014 and the Accounts & Audit Regulations 2015 set out the responsibilities of all local councils in respect of their accounting and auditing procedures.

Each year, the Council’s financial accounts and statements must be examined by an independent internal auditor appointed by the Council.  For the year 2020/21 this is Mark Mulberry and Co.

The Council is also required to complete an Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) which includes the findings of the Internal Auditor, together with Governance Statements and Financial Statements. The AGAR is then submitted to the independent external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission for examination.

A summary of this year’s audit process is detailed below, together with copies of the relevant documents.

Year Ending 31st March 2022

The Council’s Financial Statements and Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) submission for the year-ending 31st March 2022 had been checked by Mark Mulberry and Co and subsequently approved by the Full Council at its meeting held on Thursday 16th June 2022.

The completed AGAR, together with the relevant supporting documentation, has now been submitted to the external auditor, PKF Littlejohn LLP who are required to complete their review by 30th September 2022.

Following this submission, Seaford Town Council are publishing the Notice of Public Rights and Publication of the Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return  along sections 1 and 2 of the AGAR – Annual Governance Statement 2021-2022 (Section 1) and Accounting Statements 2021-2022 (Section 2) with the Summary of Your Rights stating that any person interested has a right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the 2020-21 Financial Year. This will run for a period of six weeks commencing on 1st July 2022 to 11th August 2022. Any person who wishes to review the documentation is advised to contact the Finance Manager.

PKF Littlejohn are due to complete their audit of the AGAR for 2021-2022 by the 30th September 2022.  The report will be published soon after with the audited AGAR being available for public access for a period of not less than 5 years from the date of publication stated above.

Previous returns dating back to 2014 can be found below:

AGAR 2021

AGAR 2020

AGAR 2019

AGAR 2018

*AGAR 2017

2016 Annual Return

2015 Annual Return

2014 Annual Return

*The name changed from the Annual Return to the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) in 2017.