Parish Councils vary in size. Some represent a few hundred people, others represent communities of over 50,000 people. Budget and staffing levels are proportionate to the size of the community and number of residential properties being served.
Prestbury Parish Council can only spend, raise or use money if it has a statutory power to do so. It has a wide range of powers under different Acts of Parliament, most of which are discretionary. The exercise of these powers may depend on other bodies, for example, the owner of land or another public body such as the Highways Authority. Almost all the powers of Prestbury Parish Council may be exercised by either the Parish Council or the Borough Council.
Prestbury Parish Council raises money through grants, donations, fundraising activities and by levying a precept (a mandatory demand) on the tax paying residents of Prestbury Parish and this is facilitated by Cheshire East Council. The precept required is then collected by Cheshire East Council as part of the Council Tax.
Prestbury Parish Council has to prepare a budget by then end of January each year for the ensuing financial year which runs from 1 April to 31 March.
Every payment made by the Council is listed in every set of Full Council minutes. Receipts are also logged in the minutes. Council accounts are available for scrutiny by any resident by appointment with the Clerk of the Council.
The budget proposed by the Finance and General Purposes Committee for the year 2019 /20 was £73,525.
A full copy of the current (2019/20) budget can be viewed here.
The budget is reviewed annually during the budget setting process and formally agreed at Full Council when setting the budget for the following year. All projects are reviewed continually at each committee meeting.
The Council is audited each year, in accordance with the specifications of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return for Local Councils in England and Wales.