Annual Precept

Every year in January, Salisbury City Council agrees its budget for the forthcoming year at a meeting of the Full Council and sets its ‘precept’. 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 2017/18, the precept is £123 per year for a Band D Council Tax property. This equates to around £2.36 per week per Band D property.

Annual Return

Each year the Council is required to complete and submit to its External Auditor, an ‘Annual Return’. Once the return has been approved by the Auditor, it is displayed on the Council’s noticeboard for a statutory period. The Annual Return and the accounts can be inspected upon request. Please see the links below for previous Annual Returns:


The Annual Return 2016/17 includes the Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements which have been subject to both Internal and External Audit.  The Internal Audit was performed by IAC Internal Audit & Compliance Ltd and External Audit was performed by Grant Thornton UK LLP. The External Auditor's Report and Certificate form part of the Annual Return.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

The Notice of Conclusion of Audit for the year ended 31 March 2017 can be found here


Please click on the relevant link:

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 2016/17 quarterly statements of individual items of expenditure which exceeded £500 are provided below:

April - June 2016
July - September 2016
October - December 2016
January - March 2017

The 2017/18 quarterly statements of individual items of expenditure which exceeded £500 are provided below:

April - June 2017
July - September 2017
October - December 2017


For all Finance queries please contact us by email:   Tel: 01722 342860