Welcome to our new Village Website. This website is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government through their scheme: ‘Transparency code for smaller authorities‘. The main purpose for the website is to encourage everyone to get more involved in village life through increasing democratic accountability.
The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 sets out a new audit framework for local public authorities which are currently covered by the Audit Commission regime. Under the new audit framework smaller authorities, including parish councils, internal drainage boards, charter trustees and port health authorities, with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000 will be exempt from routine external audit. In place of routine audit, these smaller authorities will be subject to the new transparency requirements laid out in this Code. This will enable local electors and ratepayers to access relevant information about the authorities’ accounts and governance.
The Government considers that publication of the items in this Code will provide the local electorate and ratepayers with a clear picture of the activities of these smaller authorities. Most of this information is already produced by the majority of smaller authorities with a turnover not exceeding £25,000, and the Government therefore considers that compliance with this Code will not place a significant burden on these authorities.
In addition to the requirements of Government we are also able to use this website to enhance the social life of the village and to show people what a lovely area we live in. Please take your time to look around that site and then address any comments or suggestions to me, Tim Pearce, at the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. If you have a Parish Council related problem then it should be addressed to the Parish Council as before or using one of our new email addresses.
Finally I would like to express our thanks to the guys at Netwise via www.parishcouncilwebsites.org.uk who developed this site and smoothed the uploading of all our data and information making the process as close to stress free as possible!