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Publication of audited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021

Regulation 15(5) of the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 (as amended) requires that by 30 September 2021, Colwinston Community Council publish its accounting statements for the year ended 31 March 2021 together with any certificate, opinion, or report issued, given or made by the Auditor General.

The accounting statements in the form of an annual return have been published on the Council’s website. However, the accounts are published before the conclusion of the audit. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Auditor General has not yet issued an audit opinion.

30th September 2021

23 May 2022Green Bag Collections

The Vale have informed us that residents will be increasingly aware that their green waste collection service continues to be a little inconsistent and this remains as a result of the national LGV driver shortage.

If you are not aware, this service is non statutory and solely relies on seasonal drivers not employed all year by the Council, and provided through employment agencies. [This is the case in Bridgend where residents have to ;pay for the green bag collections]. At present, there are not enough qualified drivers available within the industry for us to maintain this service and collect on the correct scheduled collection day[s]. It’s fair to say that its generally known that this service is non statutory and an enhanced service which residents are generally patient with and over the years if it’s not collected on the correct day, it’s become accepted that we’ll return at the earliest opportunity and we rarely have complaints about this arrangement.

However, it is likely that we will have some periods where we’ll need to ask residents to take their green waste back in, if we are unable to collect it by Sunday of the week their collection is due and represent their waste on the next scheduled collection day. We will not have capacity to return the following week. At present, we are relying on the good will of our permanent staff to bridge the resource gap and to undertake additional hours late afternoons and or on weekends.

This is obviously not sustainable and we continue to express planned training and upskill other staff in-house to provide longer term resilience but unfortunately it is likely that there will remain some disruption in the short term. This is not unique the Vale of Glamorgan and it is affecting other industries as well such as food supplies, deliveries etc…

We will continue to update the Council’s website and use social media to post regular updates so we can keep our residents as up to date as practically possible. Additionally we are going to explore the weekly email reminders (these remind residents which collection is due i.e. green or black bags) to see if we can include green waste updates on those, so we can capture a much wider audience.

Vale Officers apologise for the lack of service and wish to assure us that they continue to explore short term solutions to this problem and aim to bring back consistency within this service at the earliest opportunity.

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Councillors’ expenses

Community Councillors can claim an annual allowance of up to £150 to meet costs incurred when carrying out their duties e.g. those relating to printing of documents, telephone calls and general consumables.

For the financial year ending on 31st March 2021 click here

Declarations of Interest

Your Community Councillors have a duty to disclose personal or prejudicial interests they may have in a matter being considered by the Community Council. This is a requirement of the Council’s Code of Conduct and the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales.

Personal interests relate to issues where a councillor or a close personal associate of the councillor may have some link to a matter under discussion.  These interests become prejudicial where an informed independent observer could conclude that the interest would influence how a councillor might vote, or a decision the councillor may support.

Your Community Councillors must declare these interests, which are noted in the minutes of the Council’s ordinary general meetings and recorded in the Community Council’s Register of Interest.

The interests declared by your councillors in 2020/21 are detailed here.

Annual Accounts and Internal Audit report for 2020/21 are available in the library section - click on link on left.

Each year our annual accounts are audited by the Auditor General for Wales. Prior to this date any interested person has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the accounts and all books. We are legally required to make you aware of this opportunity and are happy to do so.

The notice explains all the details about your right to inspect our accounts. It is also in the library.

We also submit an Annual Return to Audit Wales each year, which compares our financial performance over the last two years. The return, which is certified by our Chair and internal auditor is currently being audited by Audit Wales, who will publish their findings later this year.

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