Annual Precept

Every year in January, Salisbury City Council agrees its budget and sets its ‘precept’ for the forthcoming year at a meeting of the Full Council. 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 2019/20, the precept is £208 per Band D property. This equates to around £4 per week.

Annual Return

Each year the Council is required to complete and submit to its External Auditor, an Annual Governance and Accountability Return. Once the return has been approved by the External Auditor, it is published on the Council’s website. Please see the links below for previous years’ Annual Governance and Accountability Returns:


The Annual Return 2017/18 includes the Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements which have been subject to both Internal and External Audit.  The Internal Audit was performed by Mulberry and Co and the External Audit was performed by PKF Littlejohn LLP. The External Auditor's Report and Certificate form part of the Annual Return.

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

The Council's unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return for the financial year 2018/19 is available for the public to view from Monday 24 June 2019 to Friday 2 August 2019. The Notice of Public Rights, together with the Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements, which form sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return, can be found here. This 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 also ask the External Auditor questions about the accounts for the year they are auditing. Please note that the External Auditor will not answer questions which are not relevant to the accounts under audit.

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 2018/19 quarterly statements of individual items of expenditure which exceeded £500 are provided below:

April - June 2018
July - September 2018
October - December 2018
January - March 2019

The 2019/20 quarterly statements of individual items of expenditure which exceeded £500 are provided below:

April – June 2019

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