Melksham Without Parish Council
How its paid for
Annual Reports 2015/16
The Council is financed from a parish rate which is set annually by councillors and collected by Wiltshire Council on behalf of the Parish Council, along with other rates. This is known as the Parish Precept. The Parish Precept for Melksham Without for 2015/16 was £167,521.20 this includes a top up grant of £1,097.61 from Wiltshire Council).
The Council accounts are audited every year by both an Internal Auditor and an External Auditor. The Internal Auditor is an independent person (not a councillor or staff member) appointed by the Council. The External Auditors, Grant Thornton have been appointed by the Government.
Click here for the "Notice of conclusion of audit for the year ended 31st March, 2016", Click here for a copy of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and click here for a copy of the "External Audit Annual Return for the year ending 31st March 2016" which has been certified by the External Auditor . Click here to view the latest Annual Accounts & Supporting Statement 2015/16. Click here for the report of how the Parish Council complied to the Transparency Code for 2015/16. A hard copy of these documents may be obtained from the Clerk at a cost of £2.00 plus postage - see how to Contact Us.
The Council can spend up to £7.36 per elector per annum (2015/16) from the Precept on anything beneficial to the local community for which there is no other specific legislation to cover spending. This is termed "Section 137" payments or "Free Resource". Details of those grants awarded for 2015/16 are in the Annual Accounts Supporting Statement. The Council awards grants at the Annual Parish Meeting in the Spring : see Council Policies
Melksham Without Parish Council set its Precept at its Full Council meeting held on Monday 23rd January 2017. The Council agreed to set its Precept – the proportion of Council Tax paid to the Parish Council – at £178,000 for the 2017/18 financial year, which is £43,000.27 less than in 2016/17, a decrease of 19.5%. This means that the average Band D household will contribute £70.19, a rise of £1.25 (10p per month) an increase of 1.81% on last year. Band D properties are used as a measure of the national average, and some households will see a smaller or bigger increase, based on their Band rating for Council Tax.
The Council agreed that although there was a loss of Precept income from the movement of 733 houses out of the parish (some £46,000 less), it had not reduced the Parish Council’s liabilities in any way and therefore there would have to be an increase to the average Band D payment just to reach a “standstill” position. The Council had taken on a lot of additional responsibility in the last year (Wiltshire Council play areas, cleaning of bus shelters including those of Wiltshire Council, supporting public toilets in town and the decision to take on the ex George Ward playing fields in the Parish) and had been restrained in its planned Expenditure for 2017/18.
A copy of the Parish Council budget is available to view Click here or a copy can be obtained from the office at Crown Chambers, First Floor, 7 Market Place, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6ES during the public opening hours of Tuesday & Thursday 9.30am to 2.30pm.