Parish Meetings - specific information

AGAR forms:

There are new AGAR forms this year which are intended for use by Parish Meetings where there is no separate parish council ONLY

Publication requirements:

  • Public rights Notice for parish meetings subject to a review - including guidance on advertising the period during which electors and interested persons may exercise rights relating to the Accounting Statements; the pro forma notice of public rights and publication of unaudited annual return (including our suggested dates to assist smaller authorities to comply with the Regulations); and the guidance notes for the public ‘Local authority accounts – a summary of your rights’.
  • Public rights Notice for exempt parish meetings - including guidance for exempt authorities only on advertising the period during which electors and interested persons may exercise rights relating to the Accounting Statements; the pro forma notice of public rights and publication of annual return (including our suggested dates to assist smaller authorities to comply with the Regulations); and the guidance notes for the public ‘Local authority accounts – a summary of your rights’.

For those parish meetings completing an AGAR Part 3PM which is subject to our review, please refer to the useful documents and links page for the associated pro forma templates to be submitted with the AGAR Part 3PM. Further background information and guidance can also be found there.

Guidance - the Practitioners' Guide

  • Governance & Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England (March 2018) Please note that although this version applies for 2018/19, the Joint Panel on Accounting & Governance (JPAG) has only clarified proper practices - there have been no material changes. JPAG are expected to publish the 2019 version before the end of March, which will be added to this website when available. Please note that sections 1 & 2 constitute 'proper practices' that smaller authorities must follow.

Guidance for parish meetings:

Please see Section 5 of our detailed instruction document. Please also refer to our decision tree for the quick guide to the information that you are required to submit.

SAAA have published some helpful summary guidance:

Training information:

2018/19 training update recorded on 19 March 2019:

  • The recording of the presentation can be viewed here.
  • PowerPoint slides, including speaker's notes, are available here.

2017/18 Detailed training webinar recorded on 23 Jan 2018

  • PowerPoint slides including speaker’s notes 
  • FAQs – frequently asked questions arising from the live webinar session with responses