Farnham Town Council operates with powers and duties set out by legislation. The Council has also adopted the ‘power of general competence’, which means that it can do anything (unless restricted by other legislation) that a normal person can do.
Publication of information
The Town Council publishes as much information as it can, including financial policies and procedures such as:
- operating procedures (Standing orders and financial regulations)
- annual reports
- audit reports
- Payments for purchases
- details of staff employed
- staff organisation chart 2016
- council organisation chart
- Farnham Town Council pay scales
- councillors’ declarations of interest
- working groups terms of reference
Contact the Town Clerk if there is any further information you feel should be available.
By law, Farnham Town Council is responsible for making sure that its financial management is adequate and effective and that a strong system of financial control is in place.
This information is published in the town council’s financial regulations. The regulations include arrangements for the:
- management of risk, and
- prevention and detection of fraud and corruption.
The financial management of the Council is reviewed by an independent internal auditor, Mr Paul Hartley (2014-17) and examined by our external auditor BDO LLP. Their address is:
Responsible financial officer
The Town Clerk is the responsible financial officer. The clerk administers Farnham Town Council’s financial affairs in line with the correct practices, keeps records of accounting practices and makes sure records are maintained and up-to-date.
Farnham Town Council is governed by a set of rules and laws called standing orders. The standing orders set out the way Farnham Town Council should conduct its business.
The standing orders include rules ranging from how to manage and conduct a meeting, to the way in which a council should deal with complaints.
An annual report is published once a year. It reports on Farnham Town Council’s activities and achievements over the previous year.
Freedom of information requests (FOI)
Freedom of information requests can be made to any publicly funded body. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to ask for any recorded information we hold on any subject.
We post our responses to Freedom of Information requests online.
Requests for information should be addressed to the Town Clerk using the contact details at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, you can make an FOI request to any public body via the website what do they know.
The Annual Audit
An audit of the Council’s accounts for the previous year is carried out by the external auditor following approval of the accounts at the June Council meeting. The date for the 2015/16 audit is 5 July. See further details on elector’s rights in relation to the audit. The audited accounts will be published by 30 September along with any issues raised by the external auditor. The Annual Governance statement is published as page 2 of the Annual Return and was approved by Council at its June meeting.
Farnham Town Council’s insurer is:
Zurich Town and Parish Team
PO Box 726
Telephone: 0800 778 552
Farnham Town Council’s Environmental Policy Statement