HOW THE PARISH COUNCIL PAYS FOR WHAT IT DOES.
Stillingfleet Parish Council gets its funding by receiving a small proportion of the local council tax which residents pay to Selby District Council. This is referred to as the ‘Parish Precept’.
HOW IS THE PRECEPT CALCULATED?
The Parish Council has to forecast what funding it will need for the forthcoming year and requests this funding from Selby District Council in the form of a precept tax that forms part of the local Council Tax. The amount of the Council Tax is calculated by using a somewhat complicated formula based on the number of band D equivalent properties in each parish.
The precept received by Stillingfleet for the year 2019/2020 was £4,552
In addition the Parish Council received £2,952 from Natural England to cover work done under the Stewardship Scheme. In addition, £247 was received for Wayleaves, £850 VAT refund and £2,967 as a Community Investment levy which is being held in reserve towards a children’s playground if and when an appropriate site is identified.
Here is the Council’s 2019/20 CIL Annual Report
And here is the Council’s budget for 2020/2021.
HOW IS THE PRECEPT SPENT?
The main items of expenditure are maintaining the village green (cutting, baling and disposal) and providing street lighting (electricity and repairs/bulbs etc), the clerk’s salary, audit fees and other small miscellaneous payments.
This link takes you to the Council’s 2018-19 accounts and annual accountability and governance return
Here is the Council’s 2017-18 accounts and annual accountability and governance return
Here is the Council’s Asset Register
THE BYELAW FIELD CHARITY.
Stillingfleet Parish Council is the sole trustee of the Byelaw Field Charity. The sole asset of the charity is a 13.5 acre field abutting the southern bank of Stillingfleet beck a short distance to the east of the green (towards Escrick). It was established by an enclosure award made in 1756 under an Enclosure Act of 1755. It is rented out for grazing each year and the rent is received by the Parish Council although it can only be used for charitable purposes for the benefit of the citizens of Stillingfleet.
The charity framework refers to ‘any charitable purpose’ but the classification then details the charity making grants to organisations for ‘general charitable purposes’, but specifying the elderly and other charities or voluntary bodies.
The Parish Council decides how to spend this money, but cannot use it to reduce the general rates of Stillingfleet citizens.