Policies & Finance

Code of Conduct

All councillors are subject to the Parish’s Code of Conduct and each councillor completes a Declaration of Interest form (current forms are viewable here). If you have any concerns please contact the Clerk via email.

Council Policy Documents

Parish Budget and Precept set for 2022/23

At its January 2022 Parish Council meeting, members agreed to 2022/23 budget proposals that will absorb cost increases, while avoiding a precept increase for residents.  Although the total budget will increase by £1,242 (2.0%), reflecting inflation pressures, after allowing for the forecast outturn in the current financial year, and a further 2% increase in the number of council tax-paying residents (‘tax base’), the resulting budget will result in no change to the precept payable by residents, i.e. for a Band D property the parish precept element will be unchanged at £58.02.
PC members are very aware that our residents face many financial pressures at this time, and this 2022/23 budget will continue to keep Thakeham at the lower end of parish precept levels within Horsham District.

Financial Transparency

ANNUAL ACCOUNTS -To view a copy of the latest summary annual accounts please click here

CURRENT ASSETS REGISTER – click to see the current Assets Register Policy and Assets Register table

Having considered the guidance of the Local Government Transparency Code (2014) in the context of this parish, Council has decided to publish the following information on an annual basis:

– Expenditure: individual items of expenditure exceeding £500; cumulative payments to single payees exceeding £500; and grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations;

– Information on any contract tendering with a value of over £5,000;

– Details of land and buildings assets held by the Council.

Follow the links below to find this information for recent years:

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY (CIL) – USE OF FUNDS

As required by regulations, details of the use of CIL funds (which are linked to certain kinds of development and can be used by the Parish Council to fund various community infrastructure items) can be found by following this link for the last completed financial year:   2020/21

ANNUAL RETURN – NOTICE OF PUBLICATION

The dates for the Exercise of Public Rights to inspect the unaudited accounting statements of the Parish Council for 2020/21 have been published and links to the document and unaudited accounting statements can be found in the table below.  The Annual Internal Audit Report can be found here

YearExercise of
Public Rights
Notice of
Conclusion of Audit
Annual Governance & Accountability Return
2020/20213 June – 14 July 2021Audit conclusion notice 27 Sept 2021Sections 1 + 2Section 3

Copies of this and previous Annual Return documentation can be obtained from the Clerk.