The management of the Parish Council’s finances is guided by the Audit Commission Act 1998 and the Accounts and Audit Regulations issued from time to time under the Act.

The Act requires local councils, i.e. Town and Parish Councils, to prepare accounts annually which are then subject to an external audit. The Act also provides that the Secretary of State may make regulations covering:

  • how accounts should be kept,
  • the form of accounts and how and when they must be approved and published,
  • where and for how long taxpayers can view the accounts and
  • how taxpayers can exercise their rights in relation to the accounts.

The rights of taxpayers and other interested parties are described in the Act and a document on these rights is available here.

Financial Regulations

The Parish Council’s decisions on Financial matters are governed by the Parish Council’s Financial Regulations. You can read an updated copy of Cookhill Parish Council’s current Financial Regulations – as adopted at the Parish Council Meeting on 10th January 2017 – by clicking on the above link.

The main source of Cookhill Parish Council’s income comes from the ‘Precept’, which Wychavon District Council, as the billing authority, collects from each household through the annual Council Tax bill. The Average Band D property is now £61.03 per year, compared to £57.40 in 2015/16.

The total precept for Cookhill Parish Council in 2017-18 is £22,990

Annual Audit of the Parish Council Accounts

Cookhill Parish Council – Annual Audited Accounts 2016/17

Every Parish Council is required, by the Audit Commission, to complete an Annual Return.

By law any person interested has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the Annual Return and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts etc. relating to them. For the year ended 31 March 2017 these documents will be available on reasonable notice on application to the clerk.

These accounts will be available for inspection within a single period of 30 working days.

To view the Notice of Date of Commencement of Period for the Exercise of Public Rights and the Declaration of Status of Published Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2017 please click on the links above.

October 2017 – Cookhill Parish Council received notification that the Annual Return for 2016/17 had been concluded on 29th September 2017 – read the Notice of Conclusion of Audit for the year ended 31st March 2017 by clicking on the link.

You can read the External Auditor’s Certificate & Report here.

You can also view the Parish Council’s approved Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements by clicking on these links. The Internal Audit report can be accessed by clicking here.


Cookhill Parish Council – Annual Audited Accounts 2015/16

The Council received confirmation that the Annual Return for 2015/16 had been concluded on 26th August 2016. You can view the Notice of Conclusion of Audit, read the External Auditor’s Certificate & Report and view the Parish Council’s Annual Return for 2015/16 by clicking on the links below:

You can also read the Internal Auditor’s Report by clicking on the link below;

Cookhill Parish Council – Budget Review 2017/18

Cookhill Parish Council reviewed and agreed their budget for 2017/18 in January.

You can view their budget by clicking here – Cookhill Parish Council Budget 2017/18.