The Parish Council manages its expenditure in line with an agreed budget. For 2021/2022 the total budget spend agreed at the November 2020 Parish Council meeting was £38,681. This again made provision to increase the playground reserve by £15,000 but did not include the cost of the improvements to the playground, for which approval was agreed at a later meeting. For details see the minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 16th November 2020.
The expenditure is funded primarily through the precept, which is the amount of money collected as part of the Council Tax on behalf of the Parish Council by Hart District Council. For 2021/2022 the precept is £30,418.
The Parish Council spending includes the following current contract(s) listed below. Other payments are itemised in the Parish Council minutes.
Contracts for 2021/2022
Ground Maintenance Contract – Swadling Garden Services : Annual Total £3,456
New Playground Equipment - Eibe Ltd - Contract Total : £49,980 exc. VAT
SWAGA/Playground Litter Bin Emptying - Larkstel Limited : Contract Total - £468 plus V.A.T.
The Parish Council operates under regulatory requirements to ensure that the public money of the council is safe, spending is lawful and financial risk is managed. The audit and accounting documents listed below record how the Parish Council has implemented these requirements:
The Parish Council undergoes internal auditing and also elects to have its accounts audited externally. Copies of the audited versions of these documents are available on the website for 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and;
The external audited accounts for 2020/21 - The unaudited account and auditing documents for 2020/2021 are available here.
Information on how members of the public can exercise their rights to view and comment on the unaudited accounts is available here.
The external audit of the Accounts for 2020/21 completed on 18 September 2021. The Notice of conclusion of audit is available here.