Each year Tankersley Parish Council calculates how much money it will need to provide and support its services or achieve any planned projects. This sum is called the precept. It is collected by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council as part of a household’s council tax.
Tankersley Parish Council does not receive any money from central government or Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, nor does it receive any financial support from local business rates.
As a local resident you have legal rights to inspect, ask questions about and challenge items in the Parish Council’s accounts. For more information, the National Audit Office has published a guide.
In order to comply with the Accounts and Audit Regulations and associated documents, the Parish Council is required to publish certain information.
The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 set out the responsibilities of all local councils in respect of their accounting and auditing procedures.
Each year, the Parish Council’s financial accounts and statements must be examined by an independent internal auditor appointed by the Parish Council.
The Council is also required to complete an Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) which includes the findings of the Internal Auditor, together with Governance Statements and Financial Statements. The AGAR is then submitted to the independent external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission for examination.