Crick Community

Serving the people of Crick

Financial Information

On this page you will find information in the following categories:

  • Audits, Exercise of Public Rights
  • Precept & Budget
  • Grants & Donations
  • Financial Regulations & Risk Assessments
  • Standing Orders
  • Assets
  • Projects
  • Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Public Works Loan Board Loans
  • Contracts

Audits

The annual audit process is a formal external assessment of the Council's spending for each financial year, along with internal control and management of its business, with the most recent being year ended 31st March 2020. The audit process commences after the end of the financial year.

It is a two step process with the first step being the Internal Audit which is performed by Northants CALC and takes place annually between March and June. The second and final step is via the External Audit, which is performed by PKF Littlejohn and takes place annually between June and September. The conclusion of audit is then published on the Parish Council website from September onwards.

The audit process for year ended 31st March 2019 has now concluded. All documentation pertaining to this is below for your review and download should you wish, under the Annual Audit Archive folder.

All documentation for year ending 31st March 2020 will be uploaded from April 2020 onwards. Please check back for updates in the coming months.

Exercise of Public Rights

Pursuant to the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, members of the public are able to request to review any documentation pertaining to the finances of the council and the audit process. The period for the Exercise of Public Rights for the year ended 31 March 2020 will be added to the website in April.

The official Notice of Public Rights will be uploaded during April/May, with pages 2 and 3 outlining the audit process and the public's rights to view documentation at the appropriate time.

All documents pertaining to the 2020 audit process, for year ending 31st March 2020, will be uploaded between 1st April and 30th May. Please check back in the coming months for updates.

Precept & Budget

The following budget was prepared by the Clerk/RFO and was approved by full Council in December 2019 for the financial year commencing 1st April 2020.

The rate of council tax was set at £119.94 by Daventry District Council, per BAND D equivalent property, and the precept was set at £113,463 which was a decrease of £3.93 (3.28%) on the 2019/20 year.

Please peruse the attached Budget/Precept Report for a full breakdown of the 2020-21 budget.

Grants & Donations

These documents list the various grants and donations which have been awarded by the Parish Council and also received for various projects, during the fiscal year.

Financial Regulations & Risk Assessment

Standing Orders

Assets

  • Asset Register 31st March 2020 (PDF, 314 Kb)

    This is the Parish Council's most up to date and comprehensive list of all of its assets and community assets.

    Local councils must maintain an asset register to ensure fixed assets are appropriately safeguarded. Once recorded on the Asset Register at acquisition cost, the value of assets must not change from year to year until disposal. Concepts of depreciation and impairment adjustments are not appropriate for local councils.

    The Register is confirmed by the Council at the end of each financial year but is a working document over the following financial year, during which Council Officers will update and amend details as necessary.

    The definition of fixed assets are property and equipment with a useful life of more than one year used by the Council to deliver its services.

    A Fixed Asset Register has four main purposes:
    A) It forms a basis for completion of box 9 in the 'Annual Return.'

    B) It forms a basis for decisions on risk and insurance issues.

    C) It provides information on the age and potential lifespan of certain items.

    D) It provides assurance of the continued existence of Council's property.

Projects

Please visit this area of our website for any financial reports concerning recent or current projects.

Our most recent project is the Somme Memorial. Please feel free to review the attached funding report.

CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy)

Amendments have been made to the 2010 Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulation that require the District Council to pass a proportion of CIL receipts collected from developments in their areas, directly to parish and town councils to be spent on infrastructure or anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area.

The District Council will pass accumulated funds to the parish every 6 months, and the parish council will be required to report on receipts and expenditure each year.

The charging authorities (the District Council) have to pass on a proportion of CIL receipts to parish and town councils from developments that take place in their area. The District Council is required to pass 15% of CIL receipts to relevant Parish and Town Councils arising from developments in their areas. This rises to 25% in areas with an adopted Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Please see the attached report which outlines the CIL payments Crick Parish Council have received from Daventry District Council for the last few years.

Public Works Loan Board

The Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) is a statutory body operating within the United Kingdom Debt Management Office, an Executive Agency of HM Treasury.

PWLB's function is to lend money from the National Loans Fund to local authorities, and to collect the repayments.

Crick Parish Council currently have a number of loans with the Public Works Loan Board, which have enabled the council to purchase land for the woodlands, sports field complex and also more recently the land on which the allotment gardens sit. Another loan was also taken out a few years ago to cover the cost of converting all street lights to LED.

The details of all the loans are documented in the attached, which will be updated every six months, as and when repayments are made and payment schedules are received from PWLB. Payments for each loan are made at half year intervals dependent on when the loan commenced.

Contracts

Crick Parish Council hold contracts for all of the below named during this financial year as follows:

  • Police (PCSOs) £15k
  • Grass Cutting £9k
  • Tree Surgery £10k
  • Autela Payroll Service £0.3k

For the 2020-21 year, Crick Parish Council will hold a number of contracts for grass cutting, tree surgery, payroll services and PCSOs, three of which were adopted by Council in December 2019 and January 2020.

Grass Cutting 2020

The contract for Grass Cutting is held with AB Landscapes for the 2020 grass cutting season and will be reviewed again during the budget process in October of this year.

The Contract value is for £6k which consists of 17 cuts during the grass cutting season of all open spaces within the Parish Council's remit.

The grass cutting contract for the burial ground at St Margaret's Church is held with Plantsman Garden Maintenance and Design for a total cost of £4.5 for the year.

Urban Highway Grass Mowing 2020

Crick Parish Council receive an annual agency grant of £1,140 towards grass cutting costs of urban highways within the Parish Council's jurisdiction, on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council.

Tree Surgery 2020

Crick Parish Council adopted a tree surgery contract for the 2020-21 year with Treeworx, which is valued at £10,000 and will be reviewed again during the budget process in October of this year.

Payroll Contract

Crick Parish Council hold a rolling contract with Autela Payroll Services at a value of £256 per annum.

Autela manage the payroll and pension process for all employees of Crick Parish Council.

Police Community Support Officer Contract 2020

Crick Parish Council help fund two dedicated PCSOs for the Crick area, which are shared with DIRFT, who also fund the majority of the annual cost for such a service.

Crick Parish Council's annual portion for the 2020-21 year is £15,000.