In December of each year, the Finance Committee of the Parish Council drafts a proposal for the following year’s budget. Once the projected expenses are deducted from the projected income, a shortfall will be left. The money required to cover this shortfall is known as the Precept and, in January of each year, the Parish Council applies to the District Council for this money. It is the Precept that forms part of your Council Tax bill. The Precept is paid in 2 equal installments – in April and September. To view the last 3 years’ budgets, please follow the link – Budget tracker.
Each year, as part of the budget, the Parish Council sets aside a small amount of money that local groups and organisations can call upon for donations. As a Parish Council, we cannot make donations to individuals, it must be to a group. For details of the Grant scheme and an application please follow this link: Grants criteria and application form.
The accounts are audited each year by an internal examiner and then by external auditors PKF Littlejohn, based in London. The year runs until the 31st March each year and the Parish Council produces an Annual Statement for auditing. Following the introduction of the Transparency Code in April 2016, the following links will take you to entries showing the Annual Income & Expenses, the Annual Accounts Statement, the Annual Governance Statement, the list of expenses in excess of £100 and the bank reconciliation for each year. Once the audit has been finalised, a Notice of Conclusion of Audit is issued.