Hard copies of Ewhurst Parish Council's Annual Report are normally delivered to every household in the parish 1-3 weeks prior to the Annual Parish Assembly (usually held at the Village Hall in the evening of the second Tuesday in April).

Sources of funding

Sources of funding for parish councils can come from a number of sources - including loans, revenue from providing services (such as hire charges or rent), grants and being paid to deliver/provide services on behalf of other public bodies. However, the bulk of a parish council's income typically comes from the precept.

The Precept and Budgeting

The precept is the local tax levied by the Parish Council which is collected on its behalf by the Rating Authority (Rother District Council). The Parish Council calculates the precept annually - usually in January - by preparing a budget for the following financial year (April-March). In determining the precept a parish council would normally take into account: its actual and forecast income and expenditure to the year end; inflationary trends; the general economic climate; its reserve levels; planned or desired activities (which may include 'actions' within the Local Action Plan) and the likely costs of maintaining assets.

Annual Accounts

You can find the latest approved statement of account below

Audit

Like other public bodies the Parish Council is audited annually by the Audit Commission. Currently, this function is undertaken on the Commission's behalf by PKFLittlejohn. Every year, the Parish Council completes and submits an Annual Governanace & Accountability Return (AGAR) which comprises a summary of the Council's receipts and payments; a statement that the Council has discharged satisfactorily its regulatory obligations - and the external auditor's opinion.