Mini eUpdate from Northants CALC
To Member Councils in Northamptonshire:
[Please read and circulate to all councillors]
AGAR Deadline Approaching
Most councils will have already submitted, but this is a reminder that the deadline for submitting the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) is two weeks today,Friday 2 July 2021. All councils and parish meetings must submit either a completed & approved AGAR and all applicable supporting documents or an Exemption Certificate. Submission should be to PKF Littlejohn (the external auditor for Northamptonshire) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If for whatever reason your council or parish meeting cannot meet that deadline you must email email@example.com to explain the reason and negotiate a few days’ extension.
Councils At Risk
Parish and town councillors and clerks are at greater risk from frauds such as the “CEO Fraud” than the general population. Cybercrime is on the increase and Northants CALC works closely with the Fraud & Cybercrime Unit at Northamptonshire Police to raise awareness of threats. There was a piece about email scams in the most recent eUpdate, but still councils are getting caught out. To find out the three reasons why parish and town councils are at greater risk, and for posters that you can download free of charge, please visit https://www.northantscalc.com/news/2021/06/fraud-and-cybercrime-awareness.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons
In 2012 parish and town councils in Northamptonshire and across the country did a brilliant job celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by lighting beacons. Councils are encouraged to do the same on 2 June 2022 in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. For all the information and to find out what is involved and how to go about it, please visithttps://www.northantscalc.com/beacons.html.
Rothwell Town Council
Rothwell is a small market town between Desborough and Kettering. It is home to the famous Rowell Fair. There are 6,431 electors and the council set a precept for 2021/22 of £80,000. The position is permanent part-time at 18 hours per week. The closing date for applications is Friday 2 July 2021. Full details at https://www.northantscalc.com/council-vacancies.html.
Rushton Parish Council
Rushton is a small village about 2 miles north-east of Rothwell and 3 miles north-west of Kettering. It is home to the famous Triangular Lodge and Rushton Hall. Rushton Parish Council has a vacancy for a Clerk/RFO working 6 hours per week. The council has a precept for 2021/22 of £8000 and there are just under 500 electors. The closing date for applications is 11 July 2021. Full details at https://www.northantscalc.com/council-vacancies.html.
That’s all for this week. I hope you have a good weekend. ⚽
Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils
Tel: (Office) 01327 831482