The funding for the Parish Council is allocated by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and is taken from the council tax- this is called the Annual Precept.

The income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of estimates and this is added to the local council tax and paid to the parish in two instalments.

Parish Councils are also eligible to seek UK grants and funding and EU money as is appropriate.

The money is to fund the spending on the Parish Council on local amenities and activities without having to seek permission from any other authority.

All our Councillors are volunteers and receive no remuneration for their time or service.

By law any person interested has the right to inspect a parish councils accounts. If you are entitled and registered to vote in local council elections then you also have the right to ask the appointed auditor questions about the council’s accounts or object to an item of account within them.

The auditor does not have to answer questions about the council’s policies, finances, procedures or anything else not related to the accounts. Your question must be about the accounts for the financial year just ended. The auditor does not have to say whether they think something the council has done, or an item in its accounts, is lawful or reasonable.

Annual Return Information

Each year the Council’s annual return is audited by an external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Any local elector in the area of Checkley Parish has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the Annual Return and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts etc. relating to them.

Policies and Governance

Parish Councils were established as the first tier of local government in 1894 to take over local oversight of civic duties in rural towns and villages.  The rules governing the behaviour of Parish Councillors are set out in the Code of Conduct produced by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) and adopted by the Parish Council. Parish Councillors work to rules on how business is conducted, as set out in the Standing Orders and the Financial Regulations.

Annual Christmas Lights Switch on Risk Assessment – Adopted by the Council 16th October 2018 (Reviewed Annually)

Cemetery Risk Assessment – (Draft) Under Review

Code of Conduct

General Finances and Process Risk Assessment – (Draft) Under Review

Grant Policy – (Draft) Under Review

Financial Regulations – Adopted by the Council 18th April 2017 – Under Review

Freedom of Information Policy – (Draft) Under Review

Health and Safety Policy – DRAFT – Due to be reviewed and adopted September 2020

Media Policy – Adopted by the Council 9th July 2019

Memorial Bench Policy – Adopted by the Council 18th June 2019

Play Area Risk Assessment Post Covid-19 – Adopted by the Council 21st July 2020 (Play Area’s open 23rd July 2020)

Privacy Policy

Recording of Meetings Policy – Adopted by the Council 9th July 2019

Recreation Ground, Play Areas, Football Pitch and Green Space Risk Assessment – (Draft) Under Review

Retention of Documents Policy – (Draft) Under Review

Social Media Policy – Adopted by the Council 16th April 2019

Standing OrdersUnder review

Virtual Meeting Procedure – Adopted by the Council 19th May 2020

Website Accessibility Statement – Adopted by the Council 21st July 2020