On this page you will be able to find the Council finance documents, including the budget, budget monitoring sheets, payments information and grant application forms.
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Every year the Parish Council agrees its budget for the coming year in January. The Council is responsible for running a number of services on the Parish, such as the cemeteries and allotments, as well as looking after the play areas and some of the open spaces, and putting on the Carnival each year.
Once the budget is agreed the Council then works out how to fund it. Some income is received from the cemeteries and allotments, and the rest comes from Bishopstoke's share of Council Tax. In 2019-20 Bishopstoke budgeted to spend around £290,000.
Work on the budget begins in September each year and the final budget is agreed at the January meeting so that Eastleigh Borough Council can be informed of the Council Tax request from Bishopstoke.
The Parish Council is able to give grants to local charities and community groups. The applications are first considered by the Finance & General Purposes Committee which then makes recommendations to the Full Council.
BUDGET MONITORING & PAYMENTS
Every year the Council is required to put its accounts through the audit process. This consists of an auditor appointed by the Council checking the accounts and procedures of the Council, and ensuring that appropriate financial safety precautions are identified and followed. Once the auditor, and subsequently the Council, have approved the accounts they are sent to the external auditor. Currently the auditor for most Parish Councils is PKF Littlejohn. They are sent the completed audit forms in June and they then make their own assessment of the Council's financial controls. When they have completed this assessment they inform the Council of their decision, and of any problems the Council needs to correct.
The results of the latest audit can be found in the sidebar, and previous audits can be seen by contacting the Clerk.
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