Budget and Precept

Each year around November or December the Parish Council prepares a budget and calculates the funding needed to provide services for the following year. This enables us to decide on the precept.  This is the sum Sevenoaks District Council collects as a proportion of the total council tax paid by households in Fawkham. This is clearly identified on the council tax statement which each household receives.

For the financial year 2020/21 the precept is £13,855 or £47.44 per band D property (91p a week).

Fawkham has the smallest tax base in Sevenoaks District, which is calculated by converting all Fawkham Parish property banding and discount figures to Band D equivalents. In 2019/20 Fawkham had the 5th smallest Band D Council Tax of the 31 in the Sevenoaks District.

Financial Regulations

The Council is governed by our Financial Regulations. These set out how we conduct financial transactions, including budgetary control, banking arrangements, making payments and purchases, and awarding contracts. They are reviewed each year at the Annual Council Meeting in May. Our clerk, as Responsible Financial Officer, is responsible for the proper administration of the Council’s financial affairs.

Annual Return

All councils have to complete and publish an Annual Return which includes section on accounting statements: a summary of income and expenditure, the precept, staff costs, assets and liabilities and reserves taken from the council accounts. The process also includes an Internal Audit which is an independent, objective assurance designed to improve the operations of the council in terms of risk management, control and governance processes.

The Annual Return is completed after the March year end and must be approved by the Council by 29th June, and published by 30th September.

The current year’s items that are required to be published are :

  • Notice of Public Rights
  • Annual Internal Audit Report
  • Section 1 Annual Governance Statement
  • Section 2 Accounting Statements
  • External Audit Certificate
  • Bank reconciliation
  • List of expenditure over £100