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Harbury Parish Council

Finance

Information about the Council's budgets, financial statements and the latest annual return can be downloaded from this page.

Annual Budget and Precept

The financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

The Council begins its budget process in November each year. The budget takes account of repairs and maintenance work to be carried out, any capital expenditure and inflation. Each item of expenditure is examined and a calculation is made as to the expected cost of that item in the forthcoming financial year. Unspent funds at the end of the current year are also taken into account when working out the precept. The precept is the level of funding paid to the parish council by Stratford District Council and is raised from the council tax paid by local residents.

All items of expenditure are listed in the budget document which is available to download from this page. It also includes the calculation for the precept and details of funds held in reserves. The precept for the current year, 2016/17, is £97,664.

Audit and Annual Return

The Parish Council has a system of internal audit. As well as a comprehensive risk assessment, there is an appointed internal auditor who tests the Council's systems and conducts an audit trail of financial transactions. In addition to this, an external auditor also examines the Council's accounts and practices. Every year the Council completes an annual return which is signed by the external auditor on completion of the audit before being publicly displayed. The completed annual return for the last financial year will be published on this page as soon as it has been approved by the Parish Council.

Councillors’ Allowances

Harbury Parish Council has agreed to pay its elected members a basic annual allowance. Details of allowances paid in the each financial year can be found below.

Monthly Accounts Payable and Financial Reports

The Council pays its accounts monthly and these are authorised by the Council at its monthly meeting. At the same time, members are provided with a report on actual expenditure to date versus budgeted expenditure. Copies of these reports are included in the minutes of the meeting and can be downloaded from the Meetings page.

Accounts 2016/17

Documents relating to the year ending 31 March 2017:

Accounts 2015/16

Documents relating to the year ending 31 March 2016:

Accounts 2014/15

Documents relating to the year ending 31 March 2015:

Documents above are pdf files.