Monday, August 13, 2007

British National Party audited accounts - a Treasury statement
13th August 2007

News article filed by BNP Treasury department


There have been media reports and understandable concerns from members about the late submission of the party accounts to the Electoral Commission (EC).

The BNP has two accounting units. There is the Central Accounting Unit (Central Office), and the Regional Accounting Unit (Groups & Branches). Both units are inspected by the EC, and depending on the overall turnover of the respective accounting units, (over or under £250K) they may, or may not be subject to audit by an independent chartered auditor.

This auditing process costs the BNP serious money in comparison to our present size and financial turnover.

Going the extra mile!
This year the BNP Treasury team made a symbolically very important decision. This was to have the Regional Accounting Unit audited as well as the Central Accounting Unit. Because the overall turnover of the Regional Account Unit was just under £250,000, the BNP was not required to have the accounts independently audited.

However, in the interests of transparency and due probity, the Treasury Department decided that it was in the interests of the BNP and its loyal membership that they should receive independently audited accounts; just like the Central Accounting Unit, which since year end 2003 has been in excess of £250,000.

As far as we can ascertain, no other party in Britain submits its Treasury documentation to this extra level of scrutiny when it is not required by law.With this decision came a significant increase in workload for our overstretched Treasury Department. A few years back, the Treasury Department had four full time paid employees. However, during a short-lived lean period, it was Treasury that took the lead and lost an employee by natural wastage.

Treasury now has just two paid members of staff and where once four people worked on the accounts, it is now just the one, Regional Treasurer David Hannam.

The Regional Treasurer oversees up to 250 bank accounts, that each day need to be kept up to date, pays bills, audits petty cash books and has to be present in the office to answer a high volume of phone calls in the BNP’s busiest office.

Whilst undertaking all these tasks, our Regional Treasurer is a Director for Great White Records, an Independent Company that donates to the BNP, of which is entirely self-sufficient and self-funded by the Directors. It is also task of the Regional Treasurer to make sure that the BNP complies with PPERA 2000 Rules and Legislation on the receiving of donations, and he must make sure that the list is entirely up to date so we do not in error receive impermissible donations, and thus keeps the BNP legal and up to date.


Submitted accounts

The BNP submitted the Regional Accounting Unit Accounts some time ago. We are now waiting for the independent auditor to make the submission to the Electoral Commission.

Unfortunately, an additional delay has been created here by the fact that auditors have just been hit by European auditing requirements, which are even more stringent than the British rules they had to meet before. This has hit smaller firms of chartered accountants – including the one we use – far harder than the big companies used by the Establishment parties.

The BNP Treasury Team are also in the closing stages of the Central Accounting Unit Audit, and the Treasury Team are delivering these accounts to the auditor very shortly to undergo the usual strict application tests to show transparency and accountability to our members. Late Groups/Branch accounts One of the biggest problems faced by our overstretched Treasury Department is late submission of group/branch petty cash books/accounts. This had huge ramifications for slowing down both audits. All in all, 15 groups/branches failed to get their accounts in on time. Some as late as June, when the final deadline was for submission of the accounts was March. This was in spite of the fact that Treasury repeatedly chased non-compliant units from January onwards, a process which in itself wastes even more scarce Treasury time.

The following groups were late in the submission of their accounts:

Bolton
Leigh
Sedgemoor
Bexley
Highlands & Islands
Chesterfield
Barking & Dagenham
Burton
Rochdale
Teeside
Borders
West Herts
Wandsworth
Telford
Somerset

Late submission from groups not only holds up our Regional Accounts but also has a knock on effect on Central Accounts. The lesson here is we all need to tighten up and get sharp.

As a Party we are now playing in the serious league. The days of late submissions should be behind us, and the Treasury Department accepts this fact too. The BNP pays big money to have our accounts audited, indeed, even when not required, we believe the members deserve audited accounts. All our accounts go through a rigorous inspection. First they are prepared by the Regional Treasurer, they are then inspected by the Independent Auditor, they can then be inspected the Auditing Standards Board who oversees the Independent Auditor, they are then submitted to the Electoral Commission, who then meet with Treasury Officials and question whatever aspects of income and expenditure they wish.

We pay big money to make sure every penny given by our supporters is accounted for.

This year, once accounts are published, every member will receive a profit and loss statement for the first time with their membership bulletin.

We have made huge strides forward in respect of transparency and efficiency. We have now cracked down on late group submission of accounts, and we have introduced penalties for anyone, that means group/branches, or the highest official who submits late accounts to our hard working Treasury Team. We are also looking for ways in which skilled and reliable volunteers with a professional financial background can assist by taking on certain tasks at present undertaken by our understaffed Treasury Department.

If you have any questions regarding accounts, please feel free to email our National Treasurer John Walker who will be more than happy to answer any questions.

14 comments:

chewbacca said...

How much has Great white records donated to the BNP then ?

Anonymous said...

anyone spot a trend?

blame everyone except the leadership!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to ponder for a few days before responding fully to this latest BNP bullshit but I will quickly respond to the snippet below...



"If you have any questions regarding accounts, please feel free to email our National Treasurer John Walker who will be more than happy to answer any questions."

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Kind regards

Sharon Ebanks

Anonymous said...

You couldn't possibly blame the Cult Leader now could you?
Oh no, let's scratch around and find a scapegoat, in some bizarre way that absolves the Cult Leader of all responsibility.
Shall we go for John Walker?
No, not a good idea as the Cult Leader may need him later for some massive flak taking when things REALLY go tits up.
Er, how about that paper bag and back pocket merchant Hannam?
No, he'll do as second base fall guy.
Now the Cult Leader and his Main Minions are struggling.
Lying in bed one night, it comes in a blinding flash of biblical proportions.
"Eureka", shrieked one of the little toadies, "we'll stick it on the Regionals"

Then the Merrie Band of Swaggers rejoiced amongst each other and cobbled together some barmy scribblings to pacify the underlings in The Cult.

martin brierley said...

nick is the most trustworthy person i have ever come accross. id trust him with my life savings

praise the lord for giving us nick the great

Anonymous said...

"How much has Great white records donated to the BNP then ?"

When the accounts are filed we should find out but they are 2yrs late. Strange how the membership doesn't ask questions about it isn't it? Also strange that the fundholders within the BNP never complain about the money they put in and can never get out.

Kind regards

Sharon Ebanks

Anonymous said...

I shall delight in pulling this bollox apart bit by bit.


"The Regional Treasurer oversees up to 250 bank accounts, that each day need to be kept up to date, pays bills, audits petty cash books and has to be present in the office to answer a high volume of phone calls in the BNP’s busiest office."



As most people are aware, Mr Hannam is a proven thief and even resigned from the BNP when it was discovered. Mr Griffin who enjoys surrounding himself with weak minded spivs soon elevated him to his current position.

1, The regional Treasurer, Mr Hannam, cannot add up for toffee.

2, The regional Petty Cash books were swiped by Hannam last year and many of them were set to zero! Those who complained were threatened with with expulsion from the party.

3, As for the phone calls HE NEVER ANSWERS THE PHONE.

Anonymous said...

Snipped from LUAF

"Griffin's post then goes off into a curiously disturbing diversion about a young BNP member suspected of being a mole for Searchlight. In this section, he speaks of the young man corresponding with Gerry Gable 'from an email account set up for him by a BNP loyalist, so we were able to see precisely what he was doing..."


Nick Griffin also had a member at BNP HQ watching my emails. They had guessed my account name and secret question with Supanet and were able to email them to change my password. Were it not for a friend on their sick email ring I would never have found out. I also get viagra spam by the bucket load since resigning from the BNP.

All official BNP email accounts are passworded by the party, read and watched. Mine was a private email account that they hacked and were watching. If Griffin were reading my emails today he'd probably burst a blood vessel.

Oh, and talking of 'Thieves and Vermin'. Have you declared that money to the EC yet, Mr Darby? No? Don't worry dear, I have :-)

Kind regards

Sharon Ebanks

Anonymous said...

"nick is the most trustworthy person i have ever come accross. id trust him with my life savings

praise the lord for giving us nick the great"

Not only will I make you eat those words, I can guarantee you that by next Friday you'll be tucked away in your bathroom vomiting and crying.

Kind regards

Sharon Ebanks

E. N. Ronn said...

"Nick is the most trustworthy person i have ever come across. I'd trust him with my life savings

Praise the lord for giving us Nick the great"

Hi, Sharon!

I've a suspicion that he poster is being very sarcastic . . .

Anonymous said...

Also a Director of Great White Records?

Nice conflict of interest there.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Also a Director of Great White Records?

Nice conflict of interest there.

9:55 PM



To the honest and decent folk it would seem like a conflict of interests, but if your interests are thieving, scamming, lying, cheating, and any other rip off scheme you can dream up, then there is no conflict at all.

Just make sure that the Finances, Civil Liberty, Albion Life, Solidarity, the Trafalgar Club, Croatia Land Deal, RWB, that new Horsey Adventure (what the heck is that all about?)etc etc ad infinitum.
Just make sure that all that and all the other scams and wheezes are run by the Usual Suspects and lo and behold someone somewhere is quids in!

Anonymous said...

Bolton
Leigh
Sedgemoor
Bexley
Highlands & Islands
Chesterfield
Barking & Dagenham
Burton
Rochdale
Teeside
Borders
West Herts
Wandsworth
Telford
Somerset

Does anyone know any of the above organisers/fundholders to confirm that they handed their books in late? Birmingham branch last year had £980 stolen by BNP HQ and they refused to give it back.

Anonymous said...

Web master, Isn't it time you had a thread stickied for the BNP accounts?

Kind regards

Sharon Ebanks

Has it come to this ? What NF marches used to look like............