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19/12/2011 - Statement to Members


STATEMENT TO MEMBERS ISSUED IN CONNECTION WITH THE UNION’S ANNUAL RETURN FOR PERIOD ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010 
AS REQUIRED BY SECTION 32A OF TRADE UNION AND LABOUR RELATIONS (CONSOLIDATION) ACT 1992
 
Income and Expenditure
 
The total income of the union for the period was £26411. This amount included payments of £16934 in respect of membership of the union. The union’s total expenditure for the period was £25106. The union does not maintain a political fund.
 
Salary paid to and other benefits provided to the General Secretary, President and members of the Executive
 
The General Secretary of the union was paid £3417 in respect of salary and £0000 in respect of benefits.
The President of the union was paid £3416 in respect of salary and £0000 in respect of benefits.
 
Irregularity statement 
 
A member who is concerned that some irregularity may be occurring, or have occurred, in the conduct of the financial affairs of the union may take steps with a view to investigating further, obtaining clarification and, if necessary, securing regularisation of that conduct.
 
The member may raise any such concern with such one or more of the following as it seems appropriate to raise it with: the officials of the union, the trustees of the property of the union, the auditor or auditors of the union, the Certification Officer (who is an independent officer appointed by the Secretary of State) and the police.
 
Where a member believes that the financial affairs of the union have been or are being conducted in breach of the law or in breach of the rules of the union and contemplates bringing civil proceedings against the union or  responsible officials or trustees, he should consider obtaining independent legal advice.
 
Independent Auditor’s Report to the Members of Solidarity
 
We have audited the Annual Return on Pages 4 to 19, which has been prepared in accordance with the historical cost convention, and the accounting policies set out on page 20.
 
This report is made solely to the union’s members, as a body. Our audit work has been undertaken, so that we might state to the union’s members those matters we are required to state to them in an auditor’s report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept responsibility to anyone other than the union and the union’s members as a body, for our audit work, for this report, or for the opinions we have formed.

Respective responsibilities of the Executive Committee and auditors
 
As described in the Statement of Executive Committee’s Responsibilities, on page 3, the unions Executive Committee are responsible for the preparation of the Annual Return in accordance with applicable law and United Kingdom accounting Standards.
 
Our responsibility is to audit the Annual Return in accordance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements and International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland).
 
We report to you our opinion as to whether the Annual Return gives a true and fair view and is properly prepared in accordance with the Trade Union and Labour Relation (Consolidation) Act 1992. We also report to you if the Union has not kept proper accounting records, or if we have not received all the information and explanations we require for our audit.
 
Basis of Audit Opinion
 
We conducted our audit in accordance with United Kingdom auditing Standards issued by the Auditing Practices Board.  An audit includes examination, on a test basis, of evidence relevant to the amounts and disclosures in the Annual Return. It also includes an assessment of the significant estimates and judgements made by the Executive Committee in the preparation of the Annual Return, and of whether the accounting policies are appropriate to the Union’s circumstance, consistently applied and adequately disclosed.
 
We planned and performed our audit so as to obtain all the information and explanations which we considered necessary in order to provide us with sufficient evidence to give reasonable assurance that the Annual Return is free from material misstatement, whether caused by fraud or other irregularity or error. In forming our opinion we also evaluated the overall adequacy of the presentation of information in the Annual Return.
 
We have undertaken the audit in accordance with the requirements of APB Ethical Standards including APB Ethical Standard – Provision Available for Smaller Entities, in the circumstances set out in note 5 to the Annual Return.
 
Opinion
 
In our opinion the Annual Return:
 
-  Give a true and fair view of the state of the Union’s affairs at 31st  December 2010 and of its deficit for   
      the year then ended.
 
-  Comply with the requirements of Section 28 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation)
     Act 1992.
 
Peter J Silver
 
Statutory Auditor and
Chartered Accountant
 
Silver & Co, Chartered Accountants
25 Park Road
25  Park Road
Cannock
WS11 1JN
 
You can view the full AR21 online here