TRANSPARENCY FUND FOR SMALL PARISH COUNCILS
Parish Councils with an annual turnover of less than £25,000 per annum (not including VAT) are eligible to apply for funding to meet the mandatory requirement for such councils to have in place a website containing all the information required to be published by the Transparency Code for Smaller Local Councils.
During 2016/2017 parish councils in the ERNLLCA area received over £70,000 in funding.
We have been advised that the scheme will continue to run in 2017/2018 but this will be the last last in which eligible councils can apply.
The application form is to be changed and as soon as this has been made available to us, it will be posted here or can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org
Councils which received funding in 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 will be able to re-apply for funding during 2017/2018.
PARISH AND TOWN COUNCIL PRECEPT INCREASES OVER 2%
ERNLLCA has been advised that the Government is, once again, to revisit the issue of whether or not parish and town councils should be subjected to referenda principles where any increase in the precept is in excess of 2%.
We contributed to a very successful campaign last year to discourage Government from going down this route. The Government has now published figures which show that the average Band D council tax for 2017/2018 has increased by 6.3%
In order to, yet again, persuade Government that applying referenda principles is unnecessary, we have to gather evidence to show that increases over 2% are needed to support local communities. To that end we have devised a very short questionnaire which I urge your council to complete.