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/Precept agreed for 2019/20

Members agreed that, while maintaining tight control of routine items, the PC budget needed more scope to address reasonable community needs and expectations.  The uplift for 2019/20 therefore includes extra provision for:

  • Employment of new Assistant Clerk role;
  • Following major expenditure on High Bar Lane playground in 2018, steps to restore general reserves to normal levels, and begin rebuilding the Playground Refurbishment budget;
  • Increased funding for Community Events.
  • Precautionary provision for legal and financial professional advice
  • New ring-fenced seed-corn funding for local (non-PC) community groups

These extra costs increase the total PC budget such that, after taking account of changes in numbers of council tax-payers in the parish, the annual Band D precept will rise by £6.81 to £58.02 (an increase of 13.3%).  Although this may seem a substantial uplift, PC members agreed that the resulting budget is at the level that the PC reasonably needs going forward, to meet community expectations. The resulting precept level will continue to place Thakeham around the median point of precepts for HDC/WSCC, while still substantially below both district and national average precept levels.

Financial Transparency

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

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.

 

ANNUAL RETURN – NOTICE OF PUBLICATION

2017-18 Annual Return

Notice is hereby given that the audit of accounts of the Council for the year ended 31st March 2018 has been concluded.  The results are being published via parish noticeboards, and this website, from 21 August to 21 September 2018. Follow this link to see a copy of the notice of conclusion of audit and details of entitlement to inspect the original annual return, and supporting documents (governance and accounting statements, external auditor’s certificate and opinion).

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