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Greatford Parish Council, Little Ponton and Stroxton Parish Council and Wyville cum Hungarton Parish Meeting condemned by Audit Commission

These 2 parish councils and 1 parish meeting are all in the South Kesteven District Council area

The Audit Commission report states...

“In the Commission’s view, it is unacceptable that small bodies funded through local taxation should fail persistently to produce an annual return. In this year's report we have identified the relevant council tax authority as these authorities can contribute towards improving governance and accountability at parish councils on whose behalf they collect local taxes.

Persistent failure to produce an audited annual return may indicate that a parish council has become dormant, and there may be no active parish clerk or chairman to take responsibility. In these cases, the council tax authority is empowered to conduct and determine a community governance review, which must take into account the views of local people. This may, for example, recommend bringing together neighbouring parishes into a larger community group.”
Source: Audit Commission

For at least the last 3 years the following 2 parish councils and 1 parish meeting had failed to either complete or submit an annual return.

The councils and years concerned are...

Greatford Parish Council 2008/09 to 2011/12
Little Ponton and Stroxton Parish Council 2007/08 to 2011/12
Wyville cum Hungarton Parish Meeting 2005/06 to 2011/12

Source: Audit Commission

All 3 are in South Kesteven District Council area.

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Parish Councils that fail to produce accounts and NALC's response

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