Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council

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Finance

Annual Precept

Every year in December, Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council agrees its budget and sets “precept” for the forthcoming year at at meeting of the Full Council. The precept is the element of the Council Tax which is raised and spent by Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council to fund its services it provides. As a Parish Council, Royal Wootton Bassett does not receive any funding from Central Government, nor does it receive any rates from local businesses. For coming year 2019/20, the precept will be £204.81 per Band D property, which equates to an increase of £5 (2.5%) for the year, Click here to download a copy of the precept calculation . For 2018/19, the precept is £199.81 per Band D property. Click here to download a copy of the precept calculation.

Annual Return

Each year the Council is required to complete and submit to its External Auditor, an Annual Governance and Accountablity Return. Once the return has been approved by the External Auditor, it is published on the Council’s website. Please see links below for previous years’ Annual Governance and Accountablity Returns:

2018 – 2019

2017 – 2018

2016 – 2017

2015 – 2016

The Annual Return 2017/18 includes the Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements which have been subject to both Internal and External Audit. For 2017/18, the Internal Audit was performed by Lighter Touch and the External Audit was performed by PKF Littlejohn.

Notice of Public Rights

It is where members of the public have the right to inspect the Council’s accounts.

The Council’s unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return for Year Ended 31 March 2019 is available for public to view. A Notice of Public Rights, together with the Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statement, which forms sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Governance Accountability Return is published on the website and in the display cabinet outside the Town Council Office, 117 High Street. The notice gives details of a period of 30 working days during which the public may request to look at the accounts and supporting documentation. The public can ask the External Auditors question concering the accounts for the year they are auditing. Please note that the External Auditor will not answer questions that are not relevant to the accounts under audit.

The Notice of Conclusion of Audit for the year ended 31 March 2019 can be found here.

Budget

The current year and the previous years’ budget are provided below:

2019/2020

2018/2019

2017/2018

Spending Over £500

The Local Government Transparency Code (May 2016) holds that it is recommended practice for parish and town councils to publish information relating to individual items of expenditure exceeding £500.

The 2019 monthly statements of spending over £500 are provide below:

August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019

The 2018 monthly statements of spending over £500 are provide below:

December 2018
Nov 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018

The 2017 monthly statements of spending over £500 are provided below:

December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017

For all Finance queries please contact the Town Council by email: enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk or ring 01793 850222.

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