The aim of Frome Town Council is to be open and transparent in all its financial activities and ensure their financial management is adequate, effective and has a sound system of internal control. The foundation to achieve this is our Financial Regulations which are reviewed each year.
In addition, our expenditure decision making adheres to certain ethical and connected party choices laid out in our Ethical decision Matrix.
Here is our Connected Party Declaration form.
The annual budget for the following year is discussed by Councillors and receives final approval at the January council meeting. After the expenditure budget is agreed and any expected income deducted, it leaves a balance required for the council to provide its services and deliver its Strategic Plan which can be found here.
This balance required is called the ‘Precept’ and is the amount the Town Council receives from Council Tax payers in Frome. Council tax is collected by Mendip District Council and distributed to Avon and Somerset Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council and Frome Town Council.
For the financial year 2018/2019 the ‘Precept’ is £1,268,273. The Town Council’s portion of Council Tax bill depends on which band a property is in. Properties are put into one of eight bands, A being the lowest, and H the highest, with Band D being the average.
For 2018/2019 the Town Council’s portion of the Council Tax bill for a Band D property is £150.69 per year. This is a slight increase on last year’s Council Tax bill for a Band D property of 15p per week.
Details of our 2018/2019 budget can be found here: 2018-19 Budget
The council receives assurance from Internal and External auditors that they are carrying out their duties responsibly and that appropriate accounting records have been kept.
The Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Audited Annual Governance & Accountability Return for year ended 31 March 2018 can be found here: Notice of conclusion of Audit 2017/18. View the Annual return for the year ended 31 March 2018.
Here are a list of the Internal Auditors reports:
February – March 18 included in the Annual Return 31 March 2018
March 17 included in the Annual Return 31 March 2017
In order to achieve the aim of being open and transparent, to allow residents to see what the council spends its money on. Details of payments over £500 to suppliers each month can be found here:
For more information on any finance related matters please contact Hannah Paniccia, Finance Administrator by email on email@example.com