Where the Parish Council money comes from and what it is spent on
Every year the Parish Council receives income called the Annual Precept from Leeds City Council. The amount of the Precept is recommended by the Parish Council, agreed by LCC and then applied to all the various projects and day to day expenditure deemed appropriate by the Parish Council.
Parishioners may have noticed that their Council Tax bills include an amount relating to this local Precept. The Parish Council has again this year (2016/17) voted to keep the Precept unchanged (no increase on last year). In the year to 31 March 2017 the amount of the Precept for Barwick and Scholes was £38,938.
Each year the Parish Council's Annual Return is audited by an external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. The link below opens the report of the audit for the financial year ended 31 March 2016:
The following documents are also available for public scrutiny:
There is a separate finance committee of the council which meets on a regular basis to manage financial aspects, but the annual budgets are agreed by the full Parish Council and monthly statements of expenditure are scrutinised at full Parish Council meetings. All major items of expenditure are researched thoroughly and tenders requested, in order to ensure that good value for money is obtained.