Budget and Precept

The parish council will agree a budget for the financial year taking into account all likely income and expenditure for the year ahead, by February at the latest.  The budget also identifies the amount of money required to be collected from the parish council taxpayers in the form of a ‘precept’, which is the shortfall between likely expenditure and income. The contribution from each council taxpayer is collected by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council as part of the annual council tax bill and paid to the parish council in two equal sums.

The precept for 2020/21 was £337,452 which impacted on the Band D council taxpayer by £86.30 for the year; for 2021/22 the precept is £347,576 which impacts on the average Band D council taxpayer by £89.77 for the year.

You can see where this money is spent by reviewing the budget shown below, along with information relating to all expenditure of more than £500 spent in each quarter.

Public inspection of the accounts

The parish council’s financial year ends on 31st March, thereafter the accounts for the financial year ending 31st March can be inspected during a 30-day inspection period in the summer. During this period electors can ask questions of the auditor and may make an objection to the accounts if thought necessary. A notice of the commencement date for the exercise of public rights will be issued to mark the start of the 30-day inspection period which is likely to be in June/July/August.

The Annual Return

The annual return is a document that:

  • reports the annual accounting statements approved by the council;
  • records that the external auditor has fulfilled their statutory responsibility;
  • certifies that the council has discharged its statutory duties in relation to its financial affairs;
  • informs the local council tax taxpayer and elector about what and how their council has been doing during the last financial year;
  • acts as a source of information for government and other stakeholders on the activity of local councils.

The annual return comprises four linked sections:

  1. The annual governance statement;
  2. The accounting statements;
  3. The external auditor’s certificate and opinion;
  4. The report from the internal auditor.

Sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Return are published after approval by the council. 

Accounts 2020-2021
Budget for 2020-21
Payments over £500 2020-21
AGAR 20-21 (unaudited)
Accounts 2019 - 2020
Expenditure over £500, 1st quarter
Expenditure over £500, 2nd quarter
Expenditure over £500, 3rd quarter
Expenditure over £500, 4th quarter
Notice of 2019-20 Audit with public rights notice
2019-20 s1 Governance Statement with explanations and s2 Accounting Statements
Notice of Conclusion of Audit 19-20
Audited AGAR 19-20
Accounts 2018 - 2019
AGAR with EA report 2019-10
External Auditor final report 2018-19
Payments March 2019
Payments February 2019
Accounts 2017 - 2018
AGAR Sections 1 & 2
Final External Auditor Report & Certificate 2017/18
Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2018
External Audit Report & Certificate 2017/18
Notice of Audit 2017/18
Sections 1 and 2 Annual Governance Statement
Notice of Public Rights
Annual Internal Audit Report 2017/18
Annual Governance & Accountability Return
Accounting Statements
Annual Governance Statement – Section 1
Declaration of Status of Published Accounts
Expenditure over £500 January 2018 - March 2018
Expenditure over £500 September 2017 - December 2017
Expenditure over £500 April 2017 - August 2017
Accounts 2016 - 2017
Notice of Date of Commencement of Period for the Exercise of Public Rights (June 2017)
Parish Council End of Year Accounts
Annual Governance Statement section 1
Accounting statements section 2
External Auditors Certificate & Opinion 2016/17
Annual Internal Audit Report 2016/2017
Annual Return with supporting accounts 2016-2017
Declaration of Status of Accounts
Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2017