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, copies of which are published below:

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Cllr Instance greenbox greenbox
Cllr Linnell greenbox greenbox
Cllr MacEachern greenbox greenbox
Cllr McConnachie greenbox greenbox
Cllr Noble greenbox greenbox
Cllr Prince greenbox greenbox
Cllr Scott Kerr greenbox greenbox
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Cllr Taylor greenbox greenbox

Council Policy Documents

Parish Budget/Precept agreed for 2018/19

The January 2018 Parish Council meeting agreed that our 2018/19 budget will be ‘flat’, i.e. total operating costs will be the same as in 2017/18.  We are also able to hold the precept cost to residents unchanged from 2017/18.   

In more detail: although our operational budget is unchanged, at £50,970, the fact that we cannot draw down further funds from reserves (which we have used over the last couple of years to minimise  precept rises) means that our total precept request to HDC will increase by £3,313 (7.3%).  However, at the same time our ‘tax base’ figure (i.e. HDC’s proxy for council tax-paying households in the parish) has risen by a matching amount (883->949; 7.5%); the result being that we are able to maintain the Band D precept rate at an unchanged level (£51.21).

The PC will continue to seek to minimise further precept increases, although this will significantly depend on what emerges in terms of permanent new costs involved in running the Abingworth community facilities.  The aim will be to make these facilities financially self-sustaining as quickly as possible.

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.



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.