West Swindon Parish Council

The Parish Council's main income is from the Parish Precept. If you are a householder in the West Swindon Parish, this is collected through your Council Tax bill. The Parish Council increased the income from the Parish Precept by 3% from last year. For individual households, the precept increase will vary slightly. For a Band D property this represents a 3.6% increase compared to what you paid last year. Compared to the twenty Parish Councils in Swindon, West Swindon Parish Council had the 8th lowest precept increase. To compare West Swindon against other local Parish Council Precepts, please review this document Swindon Parish Precepts 21-22

Around 50% of the Parish precept is spent on staffing and the remainder is on machinery, tools, vehicles, materials, play areas and grants, including a grant to fund staff for the West Swindon Library. This means that most of our annual costs increase each year as part of the inflationary rises and nationally agreed pay awards. Our own Team costs includes two office staff who take care of the administration and financial needs of the Parish Council and a team of 12 outdoor staff. Our change to deliver the services as a Parish Council rather than using a Contractor, means that the Parish Council has more control over how its funds are spent plus the ability to decide the standard and frequency of our local work programme. It has also meant that the Parish Council must budget for all eventualities and ensure that it has the equipment, vehicles, premises and staffing to deliver an effective service. Councillors worked hard to ensure that residents did not experience a signficant increase as a result of the change, and it is hoped that locally you will see the benefit over the coming months.

A summary of the Parish Council's budget allocations is as follows: Parish Precept 2021-22 Budget Allocations

It is important to the Councillors in the West Swindon Parish that there is transparency and accountability for its financial decisions and practices. The Parish Council is responsible in law for ensuring that its financial management is adequate and effective and that the Council has a sound system of internal control. In order to comply with the duty the Council resolves annually to agree a Statement of Internal Control and appoints an internal auditor to assess and report on these processes.

At the end of the financial year (31st March), the Internal Auditor receives the accounts for last 12 months and gives the Council an annual internal audit report to support the Council to complete its Annual Governance Statement. This is submitted to external auditors and details are available from the Parish Office.

The West Swindon Parish Council will publish details of its accounts at the end of each financial year along with information about how the public can inspect the accounts. The external audit papers can be seen here West Swindon External Audit

The Council's Financial Regulations governing the internal and external auditing process are covered by the regulation issued under provisions of section 27 of the Audit Commission Act 1998. The Accounts and Audit Regulations 1995 set out requirements for local Councils in relation to audit and accounting practices.

In line with the Transparency Statutory Code requirements and shows payments made to suppliers with a value of £500 or over.

There are a number of exemptions and redactions from the data in line with the Transparency Code requirements, including the exemption of non-commercial payments to specific individuals which cannot be disclosed as they are covered by Data Protection Act requirements. Employee payments information is also not included.

Payments £500 plus up to 31.03.21

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