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Annual Governance and 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.  

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.



Please note the change in Regulations relating to the publishing of AGAR and statutory audit deadlines 

Internal Auditor - Mulberry and Co.

External Auditor - Moore Stephens

Notice of Public Rights - This has been delayed from the normal practice and inclusion of first 10 working days of July due to COVID-19 and the Council suspending normal Council meetings.

Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2019-20 (Section 3 - to be completed by Moore Stephens and will be uploaded once received)



The Council’s Financial Statements and Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) submission for the year-ending 31st March 2019 had been checked by Mark Mulberry and Co and subsequently approved by the Full Council.

The completed AGAR, together with the relevant supporting documentation, was then submitted to the external auditor, Moore Stephens, who were required to complete their review by 30th September 2019.

Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2018-19



Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2017-18



Annual Returns

Please see AGAR for 2017 onwards as the AGAR replaced the Annual Return

Annual Return 2016/2017

Annual Return 2015/2016

Annual Return 2014/2015


For previous years please contact the Clerk: