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No Referendum Principles for 2020/21

Government has confirmed that the 3 year moratorium on the application of the referendum principles (sometimes known as "capping") to local parish and town councils is to continue for 2020-21.

However the Government 'remains concerned about the pressure placed on taxpayers from thousands of town and parish councils across England' and expects them to exercise 'even greater restraint' for 2020/21.

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Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:45 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Budget, Capping, Finance, Precept

NALC Response to 2019-20 Local Government Finance Settlement Technical Consultation

NALC's response to the 2019-20 Local Government Finance Settlement Technical Consultation can be seen below. This covers the ongoing moratorium on "capping" for local councils, and reform of localisation of business rates to provide a share for local councils.

Posted: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 17:23 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Financial, Funding, Nalc, Precept, consultation

Council tax figures 2018-19

The average band D council tax set by local authorities in England for 2018-19 is £1,671, an increase of £81 or 5.1% on last year's figure of £1,591. This includes the parish precepts and represents the highest council tax increase since the mid 2000s.

For further information, please click here

The average band D precept charged by English parish councils in 2018-19 is £64.05,... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:17 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Council Tax, Precept

No "capping" (referendum principles) for Parishes for three years

The Local Government finance settlement was presented to the House of Commons yesterday.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has announced "that the government intends to defer the setting of referendum principles for town and parish councils for 3 three years".

For further information, please click here

Posted: Wed, 20 Dec 2017 10:57 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Financial, Guidance, LRALC, Precept

URGENT - 2018-19 Precept Consultation

Local councils will be aware that under the Localism Act 2011, Government has powers to make an annual decision on whether to introduce automatic precept referendums where they deem increases in local council precepts to be 'excessive'. The decision includes what threshold would apply for triggering referendums and to which councils this trigger would be applied. Although these referendums have been... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:43 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Financial, Guidance, LRALC, consultation, precept

Precept Setting - Is Your Council Street Legal?

It is that time of year again; the precept and budget setting period for parish and town councils.

Each year we hear of horror stories where a council has gone into confidential session (i.e. excluded the public) to set the budget and/or precept, or even worse agreed the budget/precept over a cup of tea at the Chairman's house! Both are amongst some of the biggest no-nos in the sector.

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Posted: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:35 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Budget, Council Tax, Precept