Chirk Town Council – Financial year ended 31 March 2022
Date of announcement: 30th June 2022
Certification and approval of annual accounts for 2021-22
Regulation 15(1) of the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 (as amended) requires the Responsible Financial Officer of Chirk Town Council to sign and date the statement of accounts, to certify that it presents fairly the financial position of Chirk Town Council at the end of the year as well as the Council’s income and expenditure for the year. The Regulations required that this be completed by 30 June 2022.
The Responsible Financial Officer signed and certified the accounts on 18th June 2022.
Regulation 15(2) of the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 (as amended) requires that following the certification by the Responsible Financial Officer referred to above, the Council must approve the accounts. The Regulations require that this be completed by 30 June 2022.
The Council has been unable to approve the accounts as the Responsible Financial Officer has not yet completed the internal audit process. This step must be completed before approval of the accounts by the Council.
Notice of appointment of the date for the exercise of electors’ rights
Each year the annual accounts are audited by the Auditor General for Wales. Prior to this date, any interested person has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the accounts and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts etc relating to them for 20 working days on reasonable notice. For the year ended 31 March 2022, these documents will be available on reasonable notice on application to:
Karen Brown, Clerk & RFO, Chirk Town Council, Parish Hall, Holyhead Road, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5NA or by email email@example.com .
between the hours of 10am and 4pm on Monday to Friday.
commencing on 20th July 2022
and ending on 16th August 2022
From 12 September 2022, until the audit has been completed, Local Government Electors and their representatives also have:
· the right to question the Auditor General about the accounts.
· the right to attend before the Auditor General and make objections to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the Auditor General. A copy of the written notice must also be given to the council.
The Auditor General can be contacted via: Community Council Audits, Audit Wales, 24 Cathedral Road Cardiff CF11 9LJ or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The audit is being conducted under the provisions of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004, the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 and the Auditor General for Wales’ Code of Audit Practice.
ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT FOR chirktowncouncil.org.uk
This accessibility statement applies to the website for Chirk Town Council.
This website is run by Chirk Town Council.
We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
· change colours, contrast levels and fonts
· zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
· navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
· navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
· listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.
How accessible this website is
We know that our website is works well at:
· High contrast
· Colour contrast
· Page titles
· Keyboard-only navigation
· Links are clearly identified
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
· No heading structures
· Text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
· Links to PDF minutes prior to 2019 are not clearly identified
· Most documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
· Images do not have a text alternative
Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:
· email email@example.com
· call 01691 772596
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in seven days.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.
If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact the Town Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01691 772596
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, .
Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person
Please contact us on 01691 772596 or in person at Chirk Town Council, Parish Hall, Holyhead Road, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5NA.
Our Council Chamber has an audio induction loop.
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Chirk Town Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
The content listed below is non-accessible.
· Meaningful hyperlink text on links prior to 2020. We have addressed this from January 2020 and will ensure all future links are accessible
· Images do not have text alternatives. We will mark all images as part of our new website.
· Reflow and magnification. We will address this as part of the new website.
· No heading structures. We will address this as part of the new website.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 non-text content.
Lack of heading structures. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 information structure.
Reflow and magnification – This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.10 reflow.
Meaningful hyperlink texts before 2020 fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 link purpose.
Navigation and accessing information
It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We are planning a new website entirely within the next twelve months to improve accessibility. We hope to address most access issues.
All documents from September 2020 onwards will be in accessible format.
The Town Clerk has attend two training courses to understand accessibility issues and has learnt to test the website.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 21st July 2020 and published on 25th September 2020. It was last reviewed on 25/09/2020.