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 North Yorkshire 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 North Yorkshire 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 2022/2023 was £5,000.
In addition to the precept in the year ending 31 March 2023 the Parish Council also received the following:
£3,905 by granting a right of way access for the Hope Cottage development.
£27,698 from grants and fund raising towards the installation of the playground.
£1,794 as a Community Infrastructure levy.
The Parish Council sets a budget each year and monitors receipts and payments against that budget and uses that history and predicted future expenditure to estimate its precept requirements for the following year. Here is the Budget predictions to 2023 year end and the budget setting process for 2023/2024
This lead to the Council requesting a precept of £6,250 for the year 2023/24.
And here is the Council’s budget for 2023/2024.
Here is the Council’s CIL Report as at 31 March 2023
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 2022-23 Annual Governance and Accountability Return which includes the Council’s accounts for the year ending 31 March 2023.
Here is the Council’s Asset Register as at 31 March 2023
FINANCIAL RISK ASSESSMENT
Here is the Council’s Financial Risk Assessment as at 31 March 2023
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.