The financial year runs from April 1st until 31st March of the next year.
Hawthorn Parish Council is funded directly through a precept collected via the Council Tax on the residents of Hawthorn.
The expenditure for the Parish Council includes the salary of the Parish Clerk, grants and donations to local groups, local events and general maintenance of the open spaces and play area.
All financial information for 2020 / 2021 is added during the financial year.
These are updated each month after being approved for payment by the Parish Council at their monthly meeting.
The Council accounts are examined by the Internal Auditor every year at the end of the finacial year but as the Parish Council has neither income nor expenditure over £25,000 it now is able to certify the council as exempt each year from a limited assurance review under Section 9 of the Local Audit (Smaller Authorities) Regulations 2015.
The accounts must still be approved by full council and the AGAR (Annual Governance and Accountability Return) competed and published on this website. Full details are shown below.
The Council prepares its estimates / budgets each year in November / December ready to set the precept in January and also prepares a Financial Plan. (This was suspended in 2021 die to the covid pandemic when many actions/ events were cancelled)
In addition the Council must carry out a financial risk assessment for each year.