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Town and Parish councils are the 1st tier of Government, elected by you to represent your community. Councillors are democratically elected and accountable to you. CPALC - supporting all Communities, Parish and Local Councils.

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For many town and parish councils the annual audit is under-way or due to start soon. Once complete the annual notice of the audit completion must be published and the public can scrutinise the accounts supporting documents. Then comes the annual return.

Found in: Parish News Tuesday, 15 April 2014
The trend seen last month regarding complaints about Town and Parish Councils has continued. Last month the number of complaints about councils was 49%. This month it is 45%. Overall complaints have risen by 12%. The shift from complaints about individuals to complaints about councils is interesting and there may be several underlying reasons.

Found in: Parish News Tuesday, 15 April 2014
The winter of 2013 to 2014 was the wettest on record with over 7,800 homes and nearly 3,000 commercial properties flooded. To date about £14 million has already been paid out to help communities recover and to meet the costs of protecting lives and properties in the future, with a further £183.5 million due to be paid to local authorities by the end of March. See all the flood support schemes and funding available from central government and...

Found in: Parish News Saturday, 12 April 2014
Joanna Sharp started working for Alconbury Parish Council (Cambridgeshire) in October 2009, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to committing fraud by abuse of position as parish clerk by taking money without authorisation and producing false financial documentation.

Found in: Parish News Wednesday, 02 April 2014
8,805 parishes instructed their billing authority to collect council tax on their behalf in 2013-14, on 7.3 million Band D equivalent properties. This is the first year that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has collected data about individual parishes. Up to and including 2012-13 this information was collected by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Found in: Parish News Tuesday, 01 April 2014
This short video shows shows just what a good parish council can achieve. Replacing an old dilapidated sports pavilion with a modern multi use facility. The video is simple and well executed explaining what the parish council did, and why you should consider becoming a parish councillor.

Found in: Parish News Tuesday, 01 April 2014
CPALC (Communities, Parish and Local Councils) has published the first set of FAQs on cheques and bank reconciliations. These FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) are part of a new series of articles and FAQs published by CPALC to help and advise parish councils, clerks and community group treasurers get to grips with accounting basics.

Found in: Parish News Monday, 31 March 2014
CPALC (Communities, Parish and Local Councils) recognises that many parish clerks and community group treasurers may struggle understanding accounting. These FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) are part of a new series of articles and FAQs published by CPALC to help and advise parish councils, clerks and community group treasurers get to grips with accounting basics.

Found in: Parish News Monday, 31 March 2014
Council tax bills are now dropping through letterboxes across England and Wales. Some of which may contain a nasty surprise. For many years some principal authorities rolled up the town and parish council precepts into the main council tax demand. Now with capping on principal authorities most show residents town and parish precepts separately and may even include a table of all parish precepts within their billing area.

Found in: Parish News Wednesday, 19 March 2014
It is easy to overlook the importance of the Town and Parish Council Annual Report to Residents. It may be the one parish council report they read or the only meeting they attend in the year. As someone has to stand up before the audience and deliver the report it is important that it is concise, factual but above all else open, honest and transparent. Your council is unique to your community and residents it should reflect that.

Found in: Parish News Tuesday, 18 March 2014

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