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. For the year 2021/22 Council appointed Ridgewood Associates.

The Council is 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 Council’s External Auditor, Audit Wales, for examination.

Audit Wales are appointed on behalf of the Auditor General for Wales, whose responsibility is to provide an opinion on the annual statement of accounts prepared by the Council and to satisfy himself that the body has appropriate arrangements in place to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources.

Both internal and external audit reports are considered by Council and are made available for inspection and also published on the Council’s website.

Annual Return for the Year Ended 31 March 2021

Notice of Audit Conclusion for the Year Ended 31 March 2021

Publication of audited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021

Regulation 15(5) of the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 (as amended) requires that by 30 September 2021, Bridgend Town Council publish its accounting statements for the year ended 31 March 2021 together with any certificate, opinion, or report issued, given or made by the Auditor General.

The accounting statements in the form of an annual return have been published on the Council’s website. However, the accounts are published before the conclusion of the audit. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Auditor General has not yet issued an audit opinion.

Certification and approval of annual accounts for 2020-21

Regulation 15(1) of the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 (as amended) requires that the Responsible Financial Officer of Bridgend Town Council sign and date the statement of accounts and certify that it presents fairly the financial position of Bridgend Town Council at the end of the year and the Council’s income and expenditure for the year. The Regulations required that this be completed by 30 June 2021.

The Responsible Financial Officer signed and certified the accounts on 28th June 2021.

Annual Return for the Year Ended 31 March 2020

Notice of Audit Conclusion for the Year Ended 31 March 2020

Certification and approval of annual accounts for 2019-20
Regulation 15(1) of the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 (as amended) requires that the Responsible Financial Officer of Bridgend Town Council sign and date the statement of accounts and certify that it presents fairly the financial position of Bridgend Town Council at the end of the year and the Council’s income and expenditure for the year. The Regulations required that this be completed by 30 June 2020.

The Responsible Financial Officer signed and certified the accounts on 22nd June 2020.

Annual Return for the Year Ended 31 March 2019

Notice of Audit Conclusion for the Year Ended 31 March 2019

Annual Return for the Year Ended 31 March 2018

Annual Return for the Year Ended 31 March 2017

Annual Return for the Year Ended 31 March 2016

Annual Return for the Year Ended 31 March 2015

Annual Return for the Year Ended 31 March 2014

Annual Return for the Year Ended 31 March 2013