2021 / 2022

Financial and Audit Information 

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 precept is required to be sent to Durham County Council be the end of January each year.

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.

The information re the precept / council tax is shown below.

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 Audit information for 2022 / 2023 can be seen here

Audit 2021 / 2022

Current Financial Information

The Council prepares its estimates and budgets  each year in November / December ready to set the precept in January and also prepares a financial plan.

In addition the Council must carry out a financial risk assessment for each year and review the effectiveness of the Internal Audit.

These will be available once approved by the Parish Council.