Supporting Local Councils in Leicestershire & Rutland

Tags: Transparency

REMINDER - Sub £25,000 turnover councils - annual data sets due

REMINDER - Sub £25,000 turnover councils - annual data sets due

A reminder to all small (sub £25,000 turnover) parish councils that the deadline to publish the annual data sets required by law is rapidly approaching.

The statutory deadline is 1st July each year and the following items must all be published on a website:

  • All items of income and expenditure above £100.
  • End of year accounts. The end of year accounts should be accompanied by a copy of the... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 20 Jun 2022 16:42 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Audit, Meetings, Minutes, Parish Council, Small, Transparency

Transparency Fund 2017/18 is now live!

NALC has advised that this year's Transparency Fund is now open and have released the relevant form for use when submitting an application to the Fund (see below). Please refer to the guidance notes when completing your application. Completed forms should be returned to the LRALC office in the first instance.

Posted: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:02 by admin

Tags: Transparency

Standards Day - The Code of Conduct and Standards Arrangements event

Standards Day - The Code of Conduct and Standards Arrangements event

Your Chief Officer is attending a Code of Conduct and Standards Arrangements event today in London (hosted by CCLA) which is discussing the eternally thorny subject of the national Standards regime for parish and town councils.

There are times when Code of Conduct complaints, once investigated, point more towards internal council issues (governance, accountability, transparency, and even on occasion... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:33 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Transparency, code of conduct, councillor, standards

Grant Thornton Annual Return and External Audit 2016-17 Briefing

Last week at the LRALC External Audit briefing Grant Thornton announced that the Annual Return and associated information will be sent out later than usual this year (end of March/early April) due to responsibility for issuing the Annual Return nationally shifting to SAAA (Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments Limited).

Please see the slides below for the full session content.


Posted: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:04 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Finance & Audit, Financial, Transparency, audit

Practitioners' Guide 2016 - complete guide now available

On 28 June 2016 JPAG approved Section 5 of 'Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England - Practitioners' Guide 2016' for publication. Section 5 contains supporting information and practical examples, supplementing (but not forming part of) the 'proper practices' set out in Sections 1 and 2.

This completes publication of the 2016 edition of the Guide; there will be no Appendices.... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:59 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Book, Finance & Audit, Financial, Guidance, LRALC, Nalc, Transparency, audit

Only one week until smaller councils must publish their annual data - act now!

All local councils with a turnover of £25k or less are now only a week away from the deadline for publishing their annual data for 2015-16 on a public website.

The following must be published by 1st July:

  • All items of income and expenditure above £100.
  • End of year accounts, annual governance statement, and internal audit report (as contained in the annual return). The end of year accounts... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:06 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, LRALC, Transparency, audit

Policy Consultation - Larger Council Transparency Code

Consultation closes 8th July.

The Department for Communities and Local Government is consulting on proposals to update the Local Government Transparency Code 2015, in particular to change the way that local authorities record details of their land and property assets, and publish information about their procurement, their contracts and the delivery of some of their services. DCLG is also proposing to... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 08 Jun 2016 13:51 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, NALC, Transparency, dclg

Transparency Fund Now Open - See Here For Application Form and Guidance Notes

The Transparency Fund is now open!

At the bottom of this page you will find the application form to apply for the Transparency Fund and the supporting guidance. Please note you must log in to access the application form, though the guidance notes are accessible without logging in.

Please remember the questions we circulated a month ago to all relevant councils for them to consider in order to prepare... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:19 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Transparency