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Budgets and Finance

The aim of the Finance Department is to provide a range of effective, efficient and economic specialist services that support the achievement of the Authority's strategic aims and objectives

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority
Audit of Accounts - Notice of Public Rights

Audit Commission Act 1998 – Sections 15 and 16
Accounts and Audit (England) Regulation 2011 - Regulations 9,10,21,22 and 24

Notice is given that from 5 June to 2 July 2013, between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm Mondays to Thursdays (4.00 p.m. on Fridays) any person interested may inspect, and make copies of, the accounts of the above-named body for the year ended 31 March 2013 and of all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating thereto. The accounts and other documents will be available for inspection at the offices at which they are normally kept, or otherwise by arrangement. Application should be made initially to Financial Services, Brigade Headquarters, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, St Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury SY1 2HJ (telephone number: 01743 260200).

Notice is also given that on or after 3 July 2013 at 10.00 am until the completion of the audit, the Auditor, at the request of a local government elector for any area to which the accounts relate, will give the elector or his representative an opportunity to question him about the accounts, and make objections as to any matter in respect of which the Auditor could take action under Section 15 or 16 of the Audit Commission Act 1998 (namely an unlawful item of account, failure to bring a sum into account, or a loss or deficiency caused by wilful misconduct), or could make a report in the public interest under section 8 of that Act.

Questions may be received at Brigade Headquarters, St Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury SY1 2HJ, by arrangement with the Auditor (Mr G Patterson, Director, Grant Thornton UK LLP, Colmore Plaza, 20 Colmore Circus, Birmingham B4 6AT; telephone number 0121 232 5296; email grant [dot] b [dot] patterson [at] uk [dot] gt [dot] com), to whom requests for this purpose should be addressed. No objection may be made unless the Auditor has previously received written notice of the proposed objection and its grounds. A copy of the notice must be sent to the address below.

Dated this 20th day of May 2013

James Walton, Treasurer, Fire Service Headquarters, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, St Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury SY1 2HJ.

It is essential that the Authority's strategic and corporate plans are quantified within its budgets and capital programmes. As financial planning will form an integral part of the strategic planning process, the Finance team will offer support and guidance throughout the Authority, and is committed to providing relevant and timely monitoring information to service managers and members.

As well as being responsible for budget setting, monitoring and reporting, the Finance team ensures that key financial systems and records are up to date. The department must also ensure compliance with statutory obligations, including the annual Statement of Accounts, and continued development of financial regulations and policies.

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The Role of Finance within the Fire Authority

The Head of Finance, Joanne Coadey, deputises for the Treasurer in his role of financial advisor, and section 112/114 (1988 Act) officer.

Further Information

Finance
01743 260 200