Alston Moor Parish Council aims to be open and transparent in all its financial activities and ensure their financial management is adequate, effective and has a sound system of internal control. The foundation to achieve this is our Financial Regulations.

The Financial Regulations are reviewed each year and can be found here: Financial Regulations 

The annual budget for the following year is discussed and receives final approval at the January precept meeting.  After the expenditure budget is agreed and any expected income deducted, it leaves a balance required for the council to provide its services and deliver its Strategic Plan.

This balance required is called the ‘Precept’, and is the amount the Parish Council asks from Eden District Council as a proportion of the Council Tax paid by householders from Alston Moor. 

For the financial year 2018/2019 the ‘Precept’ is £50,945. The Parish Council’s portion of Council Tax bill depends on which band a property is in. Properties are put into one of eight bands, A being the lowest, and H the highest, with Band D being the average. Most properties on Alston Moor are in bands A – D.

For 2018/2019 the Parish Council’s portion of the Council Tax bill for a Band D property is £68 per year or £1.31 per week. 

The Council’s budget for 2018-19 is as follows;

Cost Purpose
£3500 Grants to Village Halls and Playareas
£2000 Managing the Council’s land and property.
£4000 General Purposes / donations
£500 Maintenance of the Mill Race through Tyne Willows field
£320 Fairhill Car Park
£500 Christmas Lights
£1100 Grants to maintain public toilets in Nenthead and Garrigill
£2000 Townscape Heritage Scheme
£15500 Establishment expenses (Administration office expenses salaries insurance etc)
£3000 Community Warden
£500 Grant to Nenthead Community Works (Snowplough)
£1000 Grants to Alston & Nenthead Galas
£600 Grant to PTA Alston Fireshow
£500 Grant to Youth Group
£50 Alston Moor Newsletter
£4875 Volunteering Organiser project.
£5000 Alston Town Hall Maintenance
£4000 Running Services devolved to AMPC from Eden D.C. (footway lights & public toilets)

Details of our 2019/2020 budget can be found here: Budget 19-20  

The council receives assurance from Internal and External auditors that they are carrying out their duties responsibly and that appropriate accounting records have been kept. 

You can find the Internal and External Auditor’s reports in the Annual Return for the financial year ended 31 March 2018 here: Annual Return 2018  

The aim of being open and transparent is to allow residents to see what the council spends its money on. Details of payments over £500 to suppliers each month can be found here: 

For more information on any finance related matters please contact the parish clerk on:

Finance Documents