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 2017/2018 the ‘Precept’ is £42.046. 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.

For 2017/2018 the Parish Council’s portion of the Council Tax bill for a Band D property is £56.86 per year or £1.09 per week. 

This is a slight increase on last year’s Council Tax bill for a Band D property of 2p per week, and the additional money raised will enable new or increased spending for this year on the following:

Cost Purpose
£3000 Village Halls/Playareas
£250 CAB
£1000 Land/ property management
£2000 General Purposes / donations
£500 Mill Race
£320 Fairhill Car Park
£500 Christmas Lights
£1100 Public Toilets
£2000 Townscape Heritage Scheme
£15200 Establishment expenses
£2850 Community Warden
£500 Nenthead Community Works
£500 Alston Gala
£50 Alston Moor Newsletter
£8776 Alston Town Hall Maintenance
£2000 Replacement of Services
£1500 Community / Neighbourhood Plans

Details of our 2017/2018 budget can be found here: Budget 17-18  

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  

In order to achieve 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