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Finance Documents & Audit Reports

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

At the January precept meeting, our annual budget for the following year is discussed and receives final approval.  Once 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 is called the ‘Precept’, and is the amount the Parish Council asks Westmorland and Furness Council to collect with their Council Tax, and is paid by householders from Alston Moor.

The amount paid by each householder depends on which band their property is in. Properties are put into one of eight bands depending on a presumed value, A being the lowest, and H the highest, with Band D being the average. Most properties on Alston Moor are in bands A – D.

Previous years

Council Policies

Community Plans

Alston Moor Plans, Appraisals, Reviews

Different plans and information summaries, each with a different purpose, have been produced by various bodies.  Each is a major piece of work, and most need volunteers to bring them to fruition.

Neighbourhood Plans

These are plans directly connected to the Planning process, resulting in statutory guidance which must be followed in the local area.  The parish council would be the lead body in creating such a plan.  Information is available at .  It is an enormous task, and there would need to be a dedicated group, under the aegis of the parish council and led by councillors, to bring such a plan to fruition.

Community Plans

The Alston Moor Partnership has produced Community Plans, the most recent dating from 2019.  These are intended to represent an overall idea of what is needed and wanted, and provide local groups with a basis for applying for grants to take projects forward as it is evidence of community support.

Such plans are produced by volunteers and are very time-consuming.  The need for an up-to-date Community Plan is recognised, and anyone interested in helping to undertake consultation and research towards the next one is encouraged to get in touch with Alston Moor Partnership.  

Economic Appraisal

Last produced by Alston Moor Business Association, which has since disbanded.

Town Benchmarking

A benchmarking exercise was undertaken in late 2018 and published in 2019, by People and Places, which gave a snapshot of facts and views about Alston town centre.