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Have your say on the future of local government

It is proposed that local government in Northamptonshire should change.

One important reason for this is that a recent Northamptonshire County Council Inspection report, commissioned by the Government, found that the County Council did not have the right culture, governance and processes to make robust decisions, and subsequently has over-spent on its budget in previous years and faces significant on-going budget deficits.

It is important that you have a say in how these and many other services are delivered in the future.

You can read more about the proposals at https://www.futurenorthants.co.uk

From this web site there is a link to a questionnaire available for you to complete. It is important that your views are heard before any decisions are made

Do you want to be a Parish Councillor?

We currently have vacancies on the Parish Council.

This is a rewarding volunteer role within the community and by contributing just a few hours per month you can be involved in the local decision-making process. The Parish Council meets monthly in the Village Hall (last Thursday of the month) and we have a friendly team of Councillors who work together for the benefit of Brixworth.

Parish Councillors decide which activities to support, where locally raised money should be spent, what services should be delivered and ensure that the Council operates within its powers. The Parish Council comments on local planning applications and it is also the sole trustee for the Community Centre.

Training, development and support is offered to new Councillors. The meetings are jargon-free and usually finish by 9.30pm.

This is a great opportunity to volunteer and get involved. Younger people could also reap the benefit of having community involvement on their CV!

Applicants should be on the electoral register and be over 18 years old. You must have lived in the Parish, owned land, or worked in the Parish for at least 12 months.

Interested? Please access the form at http://www.brixworthpc.org.uk/forms/ and return it completed to the Parish Clerk (brixworthpc@gmail.com)

Parish Council Surgery

This Saturday (2nd June) sees our next Parish Council surgery take place at the Library and Community Centre. Why not pop along and speak to our Parish Councillors about local issues?

Councillor Alan Lovell and Councillor Sandra Moxon will be hosting the surgery from 10am until noon.

Next months surgery is planned for Saturday 7th July 2018.

Governance & Accountability

Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested.

For the year ended 31 March 2018, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

Peter Rowbotham (Parish Clerk)

Email : brixworthpc@gmail.com

Telephone: 079 8314 1786

The inspection period runs from Monday 4 June 2018 and ends on Friday 13 July 2018

The full public rights notice can be viewed here.

All of the information relating to the financial year can be found here.