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. For 2023-24, the Parish Council will be increasing 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% increase c.£3.30 compared to what you paid last year. Swindon Borough Council will publish the Parish precepts set across Swindon, the figures for the next financial year can be found here:
Swindon Parish Precepts
Around 54% 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, fuel and vehicle costs, and nationally agreed pay awards. Our own Team costs includes office staff who take care of the administration and financial needs of the Parish Council and a team of 12 outdoor staff.
A summary of the Parish Council's budget allocations is as follows:
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 for 2023 can be seen here as follows:
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.
Members of the public can ask to see the report and associated information or ask for a copy. Please contact the office for further information, further details are in the Notice of Conclusion of Audit above.
Payments over £500
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.
Details of payments for 2021-22 are as follows
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