Local Councils vary in size. Some represent a few hundred people, others represent communities of over 30,000 people. Budget and staffing levels are proportionate to the size of the community and number of residential properties being served.
Holmes Chapel 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 Holmes Chapel Parish Council may be exercised by either the Parish Council or the Borough Council.
Holmes Chapel Parish Council raises money by precept (a mandatory demand) on Cheshire East Council. The precept required is then collected by the Borough Council as part of the Council Tax levied on tax payers in the parish.
Holmes Chapel Parish Council has to prepare a budget in January each year for the ensuing financial year which runs from 1 April to 31 March. Every payment made by the Council is listed at the end of every set of Full Council minutes. Receipts are also logged in the minutes. Council accounts are available for scrutiny by any resident by appoinntment with the Clerk of the Council or the RFO
The budget fixed in January 2018 for the year 2018 /19 is summarised on the right. The precept has been increased slightly to allow an increase in village services and maintenance.
A full copy of the current (2018/19) budget can be viewed here.
The budget and action plan relating to the 5 year plan are 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 action plan can be viewed on the right.
A copy of the register of assets can be viewed here
A copy of the Annual Return for 2017 - 2018 can be found here
A copy of the Annual Return for 2016 - 2017 can be found here
A copy of the Annual Return for 2015 - 2016 can be found here