Transparency and Financial Information

Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR)

Local councils in England with an annual turnover of £6.5 million or less must complete an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) in accordance with proper practices summarising their activities at the end of each financial year. The AGAR is the principal means by which a parish council is accountable to its electorate, and councils must complete an annual return to confirm that everything is in order.

CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy)

The CIL is a charge on new development payable to councils. It is used to address demands of growth, including funding infrastructure such as new schools and transport improvements, needed to support new development in the borough.

Warfield Parish Council is required under Regulation 62A of the CIL Regulations to prepare and publish an annual report detailing funds received and spent.

Parish and Town Councils that have received a proportion of CIL funds have a duty to produce an annual report that details the amount of CIL funds received and spent.  The report for each year from 2016-17 can be viewed here.

 Investment Strategy

Along with all local authorities, Warfield Parish Council is required to produce an agreed Investment Strategy, where its investments in any given year exceed a specified amount. From April 2018, this amount has been lowered to £100,000 and the council has produced a strategy to comply with the Governments guidance. Investment strategy 2018-19.

As at 1 April 2018, the council has investments with Lloyds Banking Group, Nat West and the Co-operative Bank. The Council has agreed that will invest in the Public Sector Deposit Fund operated by the CCLA during the financial year.

Transparency Data

The Government requires local authorities over a certain size to publish certain data for the benefit of residents.  This data is released under the Local Government Transparency Code 2014.

The following data is provided:

The following data is excluded for the following reasons:

  • Government Procurement Card transaction – the council does not use Government Procurement Cards
  • social housing assets – the council owns no social housing
  • organisational chart – the council employs no staff whose salary exceeds £50,000
  • Trade Union facility time – the council has no Trade Union facility time to report.  The clerk is a member of the ALCC
  • parking account – the council collects no income from parking
  • senior salaries – no employee has remuneration of at least £50,000
  • pay multiple – does not apply to town and parish councils