Every year in January, Salisbury City Council agrees its budget and sets its ‘precept’ for the forthcoming year at a meeting of the Full Council. The precept is the element of the Council Tax which is raised and spent by Salisbury City Council to fund the services it provides. As a Parish Council, Salisbury City Council does not receive any funding from Central Government, nor does it receive any rates from local businesses. For 2020/21, the precept is £208 per Band D property. This equates to around £4 per week.
Each year the Council is required to complete and submit to its External Auditor, an Annual Governance and Accountability Return. Once the return has been approved by the External Auditor, it is published on the Council’s website. Please see the links below for previous years’ Annual Governance and Accountability Returns:
The Annual Return 2018/19 includes the Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements which have been subject to both Internal and External Audit. The Internal Audit was performed by Mulberry and Co and the External Audit was performed by PKF Littlejohn LLP. The External Auditor's Report and Certificate form part of the Annual Return.
Notice of Public Rights - Your Right to Inspect the Council’s Accounts
The Council’s unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return for the financial year 2019/20 is available for the public to view from Monday 6 July 2020 to Friday14 August 2020. The Notice of Public Rights, together with the Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements, which form sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return, can be found here. This notice gives details of a period of 30 working days during which you may request to look at the accounts and supporting documentation. You can ask the External Auditor questions about the accounts for the year that they are auditing. Please note that the External Auditor will not answer questions which are not relevant to the accounts under audit.
Payments over £500
The Local Government Transparency Code (May 2016) holds that it is recommended practice for parish and town councils to publish information relating to individual items of expenditure exceeding £500 on a quarterly basis. This information will be published following the end of each quarter, a maximum of one month after the quarter to which it relates.
The 2019/20 quarterly statements of individual items of expenditure which exceeded £500 are provided below:
Community Infrastructure Levy
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge which can be levied by local authorities on new developments in their constituencies to help them deliver the infrastructure provision needed to support these areas. In accordance with Regulations 59A and 59B of the Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2019, Wiltshire Council, as the local authority, must pay 15% of the levy collected to the relevant parish council. Salisbury City Council must use the receipts passed to it by Wiltshire Council to support the development of the parish council’s area by funding the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure. Regulation 121B requires a parish council to prepare an annual report for any financial year in which it receives CIL receipts. The CIL report for 2018/19 can be found here and the report for 2019/20 can be found here.
For all Finance queries please contact us by email: Finance@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk Tel: 01722 342860