The budget for this financial year (2018/19) was approved by the Full Council in January and can be seen here. A list of grants made during the year is shown here.
Payments over £500.
A list of all payments over £500 made by the Parish Council this financial year can be seen here and those for 2017/18 here and for 2016/17 here . The payments include VAT where appropriate. For data protection compliance payments to staff are shown as a total for each month and payments to individuals do not identify the individual.
Parish Council Accounts and Annual Return
The Parish Council Accounts are audited each year by an external auditor and electors have a right to see the accounts and make representations to the auditor. The notice of the date of commencement of the period for the exercise of public rights to inspect the accounts can be seen here. The notice is dated 26th June (today) and the period of inspection is from the 27th June to the 7th August. To see the internal auditors report, the governance and accounting statements for 2017/18 as sent to the external auditor click here.
Accounts Summary for 2016/17 (the accounts for 17/18 will be shown here when the external audit is complete).
EXPLANATION OF ACCOUNTS
Precept – this is the amount of money that
is collected by North Somerset Council (NSC) on behalf of Long Ashton Parish Council
in your Council Tax. For 2016/17 it was
£57.00 for a Band D property - just under £1.10 a week.
Highways and Footpath Income – This is
the grant the Parish Council receives from NSC to help pay the cost of our
Grants Received – This is a grant from NSC to
partially offset the effect of the changes to Council Tax Benefit – which
resulted in a reduction in the amount of money the PC received from the precept.
VAT Reimbursements – Parish Councils are allowed
to claim the VAT they have spent on non-business activities.
Subscriptions – The Parish Council subscribes to a number of
organisations, for example the Avon Local Council Association and the Campaign
for the Protection of Rural England and provides grants to organisations in the
villages. However, the bulk of this money is the grant given by the Parish
Council to LACA (Long Ashton Community Association) to manage the Community
Centre complex on Keedwell Hill. LACA now also manage Peel Park so this year’s
grant of £35,112 included £7,604 to pay for its
upkeep. The Council also gave a grant of £16,000 to support the Youth Club.
Payments – Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 allows a local
council, to incur discretionary expenditure. However, because the Parish
Council has now claimed the General Power of Competence, a power of first resort which gives
it the power to do anything that individuals generally may
do, it had no need to use s137 this year.
Balance - The balance is made up of general
reserves, which covers between 6 and 12 months general expenditure, and funds
earmarked for expenditure which the Council is anticipating. At the end of March the Council had about £108,934
in general reserves and about £404,557 in earmarked reserves. Over half of the earmarked reserves is money
the Parish Council has received from the developers to maintain Peel Park, the
play areas in Kings Croft and Chancellors Park and some of the open spaces in
Chancellors Park. These earmarked reserves also include a fighting fund so the
Council can afford to respond to large scale planning applications in the