The Parish Council receives most of its income through local residents Council Tax payments, so it is important that it offers complete transparency on its finances.
The Parish Council follows a strict set of rules and guidelines and accounts are published, audited, and made available publicly for all to see.
You can view the latest budget, annual income and expenditure, and a register of assets here, together with answers to frequently asked questions.
Frequently asked questions
The Parish Council receives its funding directly from Leeds City Council (through residents Council Tax payments). If you look at your Council Tax bill you will see that includes charges for ‘Leeds City Council’, the ‘Police and Fire authorities’ and ‘Barwick in Elmet and Scholes’. The latter amount is known as a ‘precept’, and this is paid to the Parish Council by Leeds City Council on an annual basis.
Additional income is generated from the hire of Parish Council facilities including the Allotments, Jack Heaps Field, Scholes Sports Pavilion and Sports Fields.
The precept varies from year to year (subject to the Parish Council’s needs). An annual budget is prepared, and the amount recommended by the Parish Council to Leeds City Council. Once agreed, it is applied to all the various projects and day to day expenditure deemed appropriate by the Parish Council. In the 2021-22 budget the precept for Barwick and Scholes was £37,530. There is no upper limit on the precept.
The Parish Council can only spend money where it has specific legal powers to do so. This can include expenditure on allotments, community buildings, open spaces, sports and recreation grounds and traffic calming.
There is a separate finance subcommittee of the council which meets on a regular basis to manage financial aspects. The annual budgets are agreed by the full Parish Council and monthly statements of expenditure are scrutinised during Parish Council meetings. All major items of expenditure are researched thoroughly and tenders requested, in order to ensure that the best value for money is obtained.
Yes. Each year the Parish Council’s Annual Return is audited by an external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. This normally takes place within 2-3 months of the end of each financial year (in April). Once the audit has been completed, the most recent documents will be added to this page. Historic audits can also be viewed through prior arrangement. Please contact the Clerk for more information.
Yes, however there are restrictions on both the budget and what it can be spent on. Please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council for more information.
The final decision on expenditure will be made by your elected representatives (Parish Councillors) at the Parish Council meeting. Residents views (both positive and negative) will be taken into account. Please contact the Clerk if you have a specific query.