The funding for parish councils is allocated by the district council and is taken from the area’s council tax; this is called an annual precept.
The income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of estimates and this amount is added to the local council tax and then returned to the parishes in two half-yearly instalments.
Various initiatives appear from time to time where a qualifying council can apply for grants and these are brought to the councils attention, by the clerk, as and when they arise.
The Freedom of Information Act (Model Publication Scheme 2008), requires all council's to make at least two years worth of full accounts available on their website.
The Budget Forecast should be available towards the end of the preceeding year or very early in the New Year. The Annual Accounts, which are formally presented to residents at the Annual Parish Meeting (APM) by the Responsible Financial Officer (RFO), should be published before the APM together with the Asset Register.
The Annual Return will not be available until later in the year when it has been returned from the External Auditor. The Annual Return includes compliance with regard to the Internal Auditor's Report and the Annual Governance Statement.
Budget Forecast (projected receipts and payments for the forthcoming year)
Annual Accounts (actual receipts and payments)
Internal Audit Testing
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