The Autumn edition of Peterlee Magazine was delivered to homes in Peterlee over the last couple of weeks. Here’s a link to the online version as well, just in case you missed the paper version!
PETERLEE TOWN COUNCIL
Notice of conclusion of the audit
|Annual Return for the year ended 31st March 2021|
Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015
|1. The audit of accounts for the Council for the year ended 31 March 2021 has been concluded.
2. The Annual Governance and Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of the Council on application to:
|(a) Delete as appropriate|
(b) Ian Morris, Chief Officer, Peterlee Town Council, Shotton Hall, Old Shotton, Peterlee SR8 2PH
(b) Insert name, position and address of the person to whom local government electors should apply to inspect the Annual Return
|2. Copies will be provided to any local government elector on payment of £1(c) for each copy of the Annual Return.
|(c) Insert a reasonable sum for copying costs
|Announcement made by: (d) Ian Morris, Chief Officer
|(d) Insert name and position of person placing the notice|
|Date of announcement: (e) 27th September 2021||(e) Insert date of placing of the notice
Local council name: Peterlee Town Council
|Notice of appointment of date for the exercise of public rights|
|Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2021|
The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, and
The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015 (SI 234)
|1. Date of announcement: 29th June 2021 (a)||(a) Insert date of placing of this notice on your website.|
|2. Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounts to be audited and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to them. For the year ended 31 March 2021 these documents will be available on reasonable notice on application to:|
(b) Ian Morris, Chief Officer & Town Clerk, Peterlee Town Council
Shotton Hall, Old Shotton, Peterlee SR8 2PH
0191 586 2491
|(b) Insert name, position and contact details of the Clerk or other person to whom any person may apply to inspect the accounts.|
| commencing on (c) 30th June 2021
and ending on (d) 10th August 2021
(d)The inspection period must be 30 working days in total and commence no later than 1 July 2021.
|3. Local Government Electors and their representatives also have:|
|· the opportunity to question the auditor about the accounts; and|
|· the right to make objections to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Authority (f).
The auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose during the inspection period at 2 above.
|4. The audit is being conducted under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015 and the National Audit Office’ Code of Audit Practice. Your audit is being carried out by:
Mazars LLP, The Corner, Bank Chambers, 26 Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1DF
|5. This announcement is made by (e)Ian Morris, Chief Officer
|(e) Insert name and position of person placing the notice|
A pdf version of the notice can be viewed here: https://www.peterlee.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/06/Notice-of-exercise-of-public-rights-2021.pdf
Councils’ Accounts: A Summary of Public Rights
The basic position
By law any interested person has the right to inspect a council’s/meeting’s accounts. If you are entitled and registered to vote in local council elections then you (or your representative) have additional rights to ask the appointed auditor questions about the council’s accounts or object to an item of account contained within them.
The right to inspect the accounts
When your council has finalised its accounts for the previous financial year it must advertise that they are available for people to inspect. Having given the council reasonable notice of your intentions, you then have 30 working days to look through the accounting statements in the Annual Return and any supporting documents. By arrangement, you will be able to inspect and make copies of the accounts and the relevant documents. You may have to pay a copying charge.
The right to ask the auditor questions about the accounts
You can only ask the appointed auditor questions about the accounts. The auditor does not have to answer questions about the council’s policies, finances, procedures or anything else not related to the accounts. Your questions must be about the accounts for the financial year just ended. The auditor does not have to say whether they think something the council has done, or an item in its accounts, is lawful or reasonable.
The right to object to the accounts
If you think that the council has spent money that it should not have, or that someone has caused a loss to the council deliberately or by behaving irresponsibly, you can request the auditor to apply to the courts for a declaration that an item of account is contrary to law. You do this by sending a formal ‘notice of objection’ to the auditor at the address below. The notice must be in writing and copied to the council. In it, you must tell the auditor why you are objecting and what you want the auditor to do about it. The auditor must reach a decision on your objection. If you are not happy with that decision, you can appeal to the courts.
You may also object if you think that there is something in the accounts that the auditor should discuss with the council or tell the public about in a ‘public interest report’. You must follow the same procedure as outlined in the previous paragraph. The auditor must then decide whether to take any action. The auditor does not have to, but usually will, give reasons for his/her decision and you cannot appeal to the courts. More information is available on the National Audit Office website (see contact details below).
You may not use this ‘right to object’ to make a personal complaint or claim against your council. You should take such complaints to your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau, local Law Centre or your solicitor. You may also be able to approach the Standards Committee of your local principal authority if you believe that a member of the council has broken the Code of Conduct for Members.
What else you can do
Instead of objecting, you can give the auditor information that is relevant to his/her responsibilities. For example, you can simply tell the auditor if you think that something is wrong with the accounts or about waste and inefficiency in the way the council runs its services. You should make it clear that you are providing information rather than making a formal objection. You do not have to follow any set time limits or procedures. The auditor does not have to give you a detailed report of any subsequent investigation, but will usually tell you the outcome.
A final word
Councils, and so local taxpayers, must meet the costs of dealing with questions and objections. In deciding whether to take your objection forward, one of a series of factors the auditor must take into account is the cost that will be involved. The auditor will only continue with the objection if it is in the public interest to do so. If you appeal to the courts, you might have to pay for the action yourself.
Please click on the links below for the results of the local Election of Peterlee Town Council held on Thursday 6th May 2021:
Peterlee Town Council currently have vacancies for:
Casual Hospitality Team Members within Shotton Hall and The Pavilion
Spinal Point 3 (£9.62 per hour)
This post reports to the Facility and Duty Managers for the venue/location set as part of allocated shift.
Main Purpose of the job
To assist in the delivery of high-quality food, beverage, and hospitality services across Peterlee Town Council venues. Depending upon location team members, under the direction of management will cover a range of duties which includes but not limited to the following:
- Bar person
- Catering assistants
- Customer service
- Cleaning team
- General housekeeping including setting up and de rigging rooms and event spaces.
The post holder must be age 18 years or over and will be employed on a casual basis, paid for hours worked. Peterlee Town Council is under no obligation to offer you work and you are under no obligation to accept work. It is anticipated that you will be offered between 5–10 hours of work per week.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 12.00 Noon on Wednesday 30th June 2021
Please complete the application form casual Hospitality team member candidate form by downloading here casual Hospitality team member candidate pack May 2021 and return by email to: email@example.com.
Ring for an application form or further information: Peterlee Town Council Headquarters – 0191 5862491.
PART TIME CLEANER VACANCY
Spinal Point 2 (£9.62 per hour)
We currently have a vacancy for a Part Time Cleaner within the Town Council’s various buildings.
The post holder will be contracted to a minimum of 20 hours per week.
We are looking for a Part Time Cleaner who has the following attributes:
- Adaptable, flexible and efficient
- Able to work weekends, evenings, bank holidays as required
- Must be willing to undertake training
- Must be able to work as a team
- Able to take responsibility and show initiative
- Good communicator
- Able to remain calm under pressure
- High standard of personal hygiene
- Ability to work unsupervised
If this sounds like you, then please complete the application form and return by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, please click on the link cleaner candidate pack April 2021
Further Information and application forms can also be obtained from Peterlee Town Council – 0191 5862491, or Email – email@example.com
The closing date for application is 12.00 Noon on Friday 30th April 2021
Durham County Council have published the lists of people nominated for the Town Council elections on 6th May 2021.
These lists also include details of the polling stations for each ward.
The deadline for applying to vote by post or by postal proxy is 5pm on Tuesday 20th April 2021.
The deadline for applying to vote by proxy is 5pm on Tuesday 27th April 2021.
You can find out more about the elections process, registering to vote, and polling station opening hours here: https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/24986/Durham-County-and-Parish-Council-elections-6-May-2021