Councils must pass on parish funding

The government has reiterated that principal authorities should pass on all council tax support funding to parish and town councils.

Following a meeting with local government minister Kris Hopkins MP, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) said it was pleased the government ‘in principle’ believes the funding from county, district, unitary and borough councils ought to be passed on.

The reaffirmation comes after more than 30 principal authorities failed to pass on any funding to parishes in 2014. NALC has fears that more are likely to follow suit in the next year.

Cllr Ken Browse, chair of NALC, said: “This situation is unacceptable and must be addressed, with the minister’s expectation [that] funding should be passed on being conveyed to this growing number of councils.

“I would like to thank the minister for meeting with us and engaging so positively and constructively on the concerns we have on finance issues affecting parishes.”

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M. Elliott   21/01/2015 at 09:24

Our new-build village in Lincolnshire has missed out on up to £5000 p.a. from an average 100 new houses each year over the past 10 years because the District Council do not pass on council tax for new residents until the following April. The portion of council tax due is paid in advance and then only for residents on the Electoral Register. When tackled about this recently, the District Council have advised the Parish Council to precept for an average amount, but if it has been over estimated, they will take it back the following year. This surely is not good business practice. M. Elliott Witham St Hughs, Lincs

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