Belmont Rural Parish Council

How Parish Councils are funded

Parish Councils are funded through the parish element of your Council Tax payment which is collected by Herefordshire Council.  For the 2016-2017 year, the household council tax payment allocated to your parish council, called the Precept,  was £55,000 for the year which represents a payment of approximately 77p per week per band D household.

Each year, usually in the autumn, your Parish Council decides upon it's Precept requirement for the forthcoming financial year which runs from 1st April to 31st March.  Like all Parish Council meetings, the meeting at which this is discussed is open to the public and your Parish Council welcomes comments and suggestions from members of the public on priorities or projects for the year.   For 2016-2017, your Parish Council has agreed budgetted expenditure of £71,425.00 for the year which includes projects to improve facililties for all ages within the parish.  Some of this expenditure will be met from reserves whilst the remainder will come from the precept.  The meeting to agree the budget for 2016-2017 took place on 10th December 2015 when it was noted that several projects planned for 2015-2016 were unlikely to be completed during the financial year so these were carried forward. 

For 2016-7 there has also been a change a way that the contribution per household for the parish precept has been calculated.  In the past, the parish council received a sum of money from central government called the Council Tax Support Grant.  This grant is paid to the billing authority (Herefordshire Council) to pass on to Parishes, but for 2016-17, Herefordshire Council will not be passing this grant to Parishes.  The grant is to make up the shortfall in precept where households qualify for a reduction in the council tax they pay.  For 2015-16 this grant amounted to £3,096 for Belmont Rural.  For 2016-17 the shortfall will be made up by individual households within the parish paying slightly more.  This means that  for 2016-17 the amount that the average band D household pays for the parish element of the precept will rise to £40.22 for the year, or about 77p per week.  To view the budget for 2016-2017 please click here.

At the end of every financial year, Parish Council accounts are subject to both internal and external audit and an Annual Return produced which is sent for external audit in accordance with the Local Government Accounts and Audit Regulations.   Part of the Audit process entitles local residents to view the accounting documents and annual return and to question the external auditor from a set date.  This is known as the period for exercise of electors' rights and the notice referring to this for the year ended 31st March 2016 can be found here.

The Annual Return for the year ended 31.3.2016 can be found here.    

An Annual Report is delivered to all households in the parish each summer which provides more details of the work of your Parish Council during the preceding financial year and gives more detail on how the Precept was spent.