Every year in December, Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council agrees its budget and sets "precept" for the forthcoming year at at meeting of the Full Council. The precept is the element of the Council Tax which is raised and spent by Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council to fund its services it provides. As a Parish Council, Royal Wootton Bassett does not receive any funding from Central Government, nor does it receive any rates from local businesses. For coming year 2019/20, the precept will be £204.81 per Band D property, which equates to an increase of £5 (2.5%) for the year. For 2018/19, the precept is £199.81 per Band D property.
Each year the Council is required to complete and submit to its External Auditor, an Annual Governance and Accountablity Return. Once the return has been approved by the External Auditor, it is published on the Council's website. Please see links below for previous years' Annual Governance and Accountablity Returns:
2017 - 2018
2016 - 2017
2015 - 2016
The Annual Return 2017/18 includes the Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements which have been subject to both Internal and External Audit. For 2017/18, the Internal Audit was performed by Lighter Touch and the External Audit was performed by PKF Littlejohn.
Notice of Public Rights
It is where members of the public have the right to inspect the Council's accounts.
The Council's unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return is made available for public to view. A Notice of Public Rights, together with the Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statement, which forms sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Governance Accountablitiy Return is published on the website and in the display cabinet outside the Town Council Office, 117 High Street. The notice gives details of a period of 30 working days during which the public may request to look at the accounts and supporting documentation. The public can ask the External Auditors question concering the accounts for the year they are auditing. Please note that the External Auditor will not answer questions that are not relevant to the accounts under audit.
The Notice of Conclusion of Audit for the year ended 31 March 2018 can be found here
The current year and the previous year's budget are provided below:
Spending Over £500
The Local Government Transparency Code (May 2016) holds that it is recommended practice for parish and town councils to publish information relating to individual items of expenditure exceeding £500.
The 2018/19 monthly statements of spending over £500 are provide below:
The 2017/18 monthly statements of spending over £500 are provided below:
For all Finance queries please contact the Town Council by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01793 850222.