Council Business

Council Business

Services

The Parish Council has a wide range of powers and duties which are defined in law.

In our Parish we deliver a number of services which include:

  • Hire of The Public Hall for events and activities for all ages from babies to the elderly
  • Remembrance Garden on Main Street
  • Play Area at Dam Slacks
  • Millennium Garden

Assets

The Asset Register adopted by the Parish Council on 17 /01/22 is available to download here.

Budget and Finance

The Budget 2022/23

The Parish Council agreed its annual budget on 17 January 2022. The budget is the basis for the Precept which contributes to funding the Parish Council and which is an element of your Council Tax, The Budget 2022/23 is available to download here.

Financial Management

At each Parish Council Meeting a Schedule of Payments is presented to the Parish Council for approval by the Clerk who is also the Responsible Financial Officer for the Parish Council. The Payment Schedule is published in full as part of the approved Minutes of each meeting.

Each quarter a report on spending to-date against the approved budget is presented by the Clerk to the Council and Responsible Financial Officer. The first quarterly report for 2022/23 will be presented to the Parish Council Meeting on 18 July 2022.

Year-End Accounts 2021/22

The year-end accounts are included in the Annual Governance and Accounting Statement (AGAR).

Internal and External Audit

Each year the Parish Council’s Accounts are internally and externally audited. As part of that process the Parish Council publish an Annual Governance and Accounting Statement (AGAR) and submit it to the external auditor as part of the audit process. The AGAR was approved at the meeting on 16 May 2022 and is available to download here.

The explanation of variances for the previous year 2020/21 and the bank reconciliation at end of March 2022 are included in AGAR.

Your Right to Inspect Accounts for 2021/22

On completion of the external audit for 2021/22 a Certificate will be issued by the external auditors and will be made available for download.

Please note that each year there is a period when you have the right to inspect the previous year’s accounts. This year the right to inspect the accounts for 2021/22 will open on Monday, 13 June 2022 and close on Friday, 22 July 2022. The notice of this right is included in the AGAR.

Please contact the Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer to make an appointment to inspect accounts 2021/22 by:

Email: clerk@billingeparishcouncil.gov.uk

Phone: 07483 325064

Writing: The Public Hall, 216 Main Street, Billinge WN5 7PE

Please note the Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer works two full days at The Public Hall (Mondays and Tuesday) so would normally arrange for inspections on these days during the right to inspection period.

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