Parish Councils vary in size. Some represent a few hundred people, others represent communities of over 50,000 people. Budget and staffing levels are proportionate to the size of the community and number of residential properties being served.
Preston Brook Parish Council can only spend, raise or use money if it has a statutory power to do so. It has a wide range of powers under different Acts of Parliament, most of which are discretionary. The exercise of these powers may depend on other bodies, for example, the owner of land or another public body such as the Highways Authority. Almost all the powers of Preston Brook Parish Council may be exercised by either the Parish Council or the Borough Council.
Preston Brook Parish Council raises money through grants, donations, fundraising activities and by levying a precept (a mandatory demand) on Halton Borough Council. The precept required is then collected by the Borough Council as part of the Council Tax.
Preston Brook Parish Council prepares a budget by the end of January each year for the ensuing financial year which runs from 1 April to 31 March.
Every payment made by the Council is approved by the corporate body and finance reports are presented to the Council throughout the year by the Responsible Financial Officer. Council accounts are available for scrutiny by any resident by appointment with the Proper Officer.
A copy of the register of assets will be available to view soon.
The Council is audited each year, in accordance with the specifications of the Audit Commission on section 4 of the Annual return for Local Councils in England and Wales.
A copy of the Annual Audit documentation for 2020/21 can be found here.