Parish Councils vary in size. Some represent a few hundred people, others represent communities of over 50,000 people. Budget and staffing levels are proportionate to the size of the community and number of residential properties being served.
Hale Parish Council can only spend, raise or use money if it has a statutory power to do so. It has a wide range of powers under different Acts of Parliament, most of which are discretionary. The exercise of these powers may depend on other bodies, for example, the owner of land or another public body such as the Highways Authority. Almost all the powers of Hale Parish Council may be exercised by either the Parish Council or the Borough Council.
Hale Parish Council raises money through grants, donations, fundraising activities and by levying a precept (a mandatory demand) on Halton Borough Council. The precept required is then collected by the Borough Council as part of the Council Tax.
Hale Parish Council has to prepare a budget in by then end of January each year for the ensuing financial year which runs from 1 April to 31 March.
Every payment made by the Council is listed in every set of Full Council minutes. Receipts are also logged in the minutes. Council accounts are available for scrutiny by any resident by appointment with the Clerk of the Council.
The budget proposed by the Resources Executive Committee for the year 2019 /20 will be discussed by Full Council on 21 January 2019.
A full copy of the current (2019/20) proposed budget can be viewed here.
The budget is reviewed annually during the budget setting process and formally agreed at Full Council when setting the budget for the following year. All projects are reviewed continually at each committee meeting.
A copy of the register of assets will be available to view soon.
The Council is audited each year, in accordance with the specifications of the Audit Commission on section 4 of the Annual return for Local Councils in England and Wales.
A copy of the External Auditor Certificate for 2017 / 18 can be found here.
A copy of the AGAR 2018 /2019 can be found here
A list of receipts for 2018 / 2019 can be found here
A list of payments for 2018 / 2019 can be found here