The Precept

Parish councils are empowered to raise money for their activities through a tax, known as the Precept, levied on village residents and collected on their behalf by the borough council as an addition to the District and County Council Tax. This is then paid to the parish council. In financial year 2015/16 our Precept was at £3000 and Grant £1100.

Two neighbouring parish councils might require the same amount of money to function but the fewer houses there are in a village, the more each household is obliged to pay towards raising the sum required.  Thus the actual tax paid by similar houses in neighbouring villages could differ widely.  Though not actually capped in their expenditure, the activities of many smaller parish councils are effectively limited by this difficulty. However, to combat this, smaller councils are encouraged to combine for some large projects and share the expense across a wider base.

Borrowing is allowed, up to a limit and with permission, but this is of limited help to a small parish because the loan and interest have to be repaid from already slim resources. Grants may be obtained for specific purposes from various sources including the borough council. Very few, if any of these, can be used for maintenance or general administration purposes. Limited fund raising can be done but this is so hedged by restrictions that, in the main, it is hardly worthwhile for a very small council.  Some larger councils are enterprising enough to have obtained property from which a considerable income can be obtained.

Council Tax Charges

To view the full Council Tax charge valuation bands (before any discount, relief etc) for the parish of Ashmansworth, together with a breakdown of which authority the tax is being collected for, visit the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council website and select the current year's charges.

Financial Information  

Please click here to see the council's 2016/17 audit information.  

Please click here to see the council's current Asset Register

Please click here to see the council's agreed budget for 2016/17.

Please click here to see the council's Annual Return for 31/03/16. 

Please click here to see Ashmansworth Parish Council's Risk Assessment 2016/17