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 2018/2019 was £4,440
In addition the Parish Council received £2,362 from Natural England to cover work done under the Stewardship Scheme. In addition, £238 was received for Wayleaves, £708 VAT refund and £748 from S106 funding towards the purchase of a picnic table and the dog waste bins.
The Calculation for the Precept 2019-20 is available here
You can see the Council’s 2017/18 CIL Annual Report here.
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.
You can see a breakdown of expenditure over £100 for the financial year 2017-18 here.
You can view the Council’s 2017-18 accounts http://www.stillingfleetparishcouncil.org/finance/annual-accountability-governance-return-2018
You can view the Council’s 2016-17 accounts here
You can view the Council’s Asset Register here
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.