The funding for parish councils is allocated by the district council and is taken from the area’s council tax; this is called an annual precept.
The income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of estimates and this amount is added to the local council tax and then returned to the parishes in two half-yearly instalments.
We endeavour to keep the Precept as low as possible, and will not ask for an increase unless absolutely necessary. However all Parish Councils are having to take on more and more responsibilities from their County Councils for services originally paid for by the County Council (2012/13 Devolution of Local Services). For example we have to ensure that all bus shelters are clean and not damaged and pay for any repairs where necessary.