Financial Information

We have a small precept of around £5000 per annum. The Clerk, as the Parish Council's designated Financial Officer manages finances, ensuring payments are made in accordance with agreed procedures.

The Parish Council is mandated to manage  funds fairly, transparently and within it's scope of authority. Financial management is an area of PC activity which is subject to an annual risk assessment to ensure our public funds are appropriately protected and managed. 

 Bank reconciliations are presented at each scheduled meeting to ensure we keep spending on track.  

Our income and expenditure is subject to an annual external audit.  The External Auditing body is appointed by the Government; currently this is  "Grant Thornton UK LLP", Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, L3 1PS

 Prior to submission to the external auditor, it is a requirement that an internal auditor, independent of the PC, examines the accounting information and makes a declaration that everything is in order and the full PC must declare their agreement with the information.

The external auditor make raise queries or recommendations, however we have had "clean" audits for many years.

Once the accounts have been signed off externally the Clerk posts a copy of "notice of inspection period for the exercise of public rights" - this is a notice which invites parishioners to examine the accounting information if they so wish. The Clerk is however  happy to respond to queries at any time. 

How is the money spent? 

A copy of the payments book is attached below which gives full detail of income and expenditure.  In summary the main areas of spend are:

Grass  & hedge cutting, tree inspection and tree remedial work, insurance (this extends to Parish assets and parish liabilities), annual inspection of playground, playground maintenance, general parish works, Clerk's remuneration. 

A small provision of around £400 - 500 per annum is available for donations to local groups who can demonstrate benefit to the parish. Typically a single donation is £100 or perhaps £200 - previous beneficiaries have included; Lives First Responders, St Michael and All Angels Church, Heydour Parish Hall, Youth Club.