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.
For some residents this may come as a surprise as they may have been unaware that their local parish council either existed or indeed taxed them as residents. Some residents have had an unpleasant surprise...
Is your parish precept reasonable?
Do you know on what your parish council spends public money?
Unlike principal authorities (Unitary, district and county councils) Town and Parish councils are not currently capped. Proposals to introduce local referendums where a Town or Parish has charged an “excessive” precept have not (yet) been introduced.
Soon all town and parish councils will be holding their “Annual Meeting of The Parish” which the public can attend and have their say.
Whilst it may be too late to do anything about your parish precept for this year, elections may be being held for your town and parish this May. It is often easy to get elected to most parish councils. To find out more click on the links below...
Don't just complain get involved.
It is worth considering the following quotes...
". . . whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that, whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them right." (Thomas Jefferson as cited in Padover, 1939, p. 88)
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." (Thomas Jefferson as cited in Padover, 1939, p. 89)
"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword. The other is by debt." – John Adams
CPALC (Communities, Parish and Local Councils) has a free forum where you can discuss your council's precept as well as much practical content about town and parish councils.