Annual Precept

Every year in January, Salisbury City Council agrees its budget for the forthcoming year at a meeting of the Full Council and sets its ‘precept’. The precept is the element of the Council Tax which is raised and spent by Salisbury City Council to fund the services it provides. As a Parish Council, Salisbury City Council does not receive any funding from Central Government, nor does it receive any rates from local businesses. For 2017/18, the precept is £123 per year for a Band D Council Tax property. This equates to around £2.36 per week per Band D property.

Annual Return

Each year the Council is required to complete and submit to its External Auditor, an ‘Annual Return’. Once the return has been approved by the Auditor, it is displayed on the Council’s noticeboard for a statutory period. The Annual Return and the accounts can be inspected upon request. Please see the links below for previous Annual Returns:



The Annual Return 2016/17 includes the Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements which are subject to both Internal and External Audit.  The Internal Audit is performed by IAC Internal Audit & Compliance Ltd prior to the publication of the unaudited accounts; following the External Audit by Grant Thornton UK LLP post publication, the External Auditor's report and Certificate will form part of the Annual Return.

Notice of Electors' Rights - Your Right to Inspect the Council’s Accounts

The Council's unaudited Annual Return for the financial year 2016/17 is available for the public to view from Monday 19 June 2017 to Friday 28 July 2017.  The Notice of Public Rights, together with the Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements, which form sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Return, can be found here

The notice gives details of a period of 30 working days during which you may request to look at the accounts and supporting documentation. You can ask the External Auditor questions about the accounts for the year that they are auditing. Please note that the External Auditor will not answer questions which are not relevant to the accounts under audit. 


Please click on the relevant link:

Payments over £500

The Local Government Transparency Code (May 2016) holds that it is recommended practice for parish and town councils to publish information relating to individual items of expenditure exceeding £500 on a quarterly basis. This information will be published following the end of each quarter, a maximum of one month after the quarter to which it relates. 

The 2016/17 quarterly statements of individual items of expenditure which exceeded £500 are provided below:

April - June 2016
July - September 2016
October - December 2016
January - March 2017

The 2017/18 quarterly statements of individual items of expenditure which exceeded £500 are provided below:

April - June

For all Finance queries please contact us by email:   Tel: 01722 342860