Rye Town Council

Audit



Those who are responsible for the conduct of public business and for spending public money are accountable for ensuring that public business is conducted in accordance with the law and proper standards, and that public money is safeguarded, properly accounted for and used economically, efficiently and effectively. In discharging this accountability, public bodies (both members and officers) are responsible for putting in place proper arrangements for the governance of their affairs and the stewardship of the resources at their disposal.

As a safeguard to ensure the proper discharge of this accountability, external auditors in the public sector give an independent opinion on public bodies’ financial statements. They may also review, and report on, aspects of public bodies’ arrangements to ensure the proper conduct of their financial affairs and to manage their performance and use of resources.
Governance and Accountability in Local Council in England and Wales: a Practitioner’s Guide.


Along with other local councils, Rye Town Council is required to submit an Annual Return to an Audit Commission-appointed external auditor which:

(a) reports the annual accounts as approved by the Council

(b) certifies that the Council has discharged its statutory duties in relation to its financial affairs

(c) records that the external auditor has fulfilled his/her statutory responsibility

(d) informs the local taxpayer and elector about what and how their council has been doing over the last financial year 

Click here for the latest Annual Return 'signed off' by the Audit Commission.


Rye Town Council’s external auditor is Mazars. Please note that contacting this firm could result in the Council incurring a charge. If you have a query concerning the Council’s financial affairs do please contact us in the first instance.


Internal audit

In addition to submitting an Annual Return, local councils are required also to appoint an independent and competent internal auditor to review regularly whether systems of financial and other control are effective.

The Council's current Internal Auditor is Angela Alexander.