Governance Introduction

 Budgeting and Governance Arrangements

The Council holds a series of meetings throughout the year and the business each of these meetings considers can be accessed via the Council Meetings tab.

The Council reviews its budgets during the autumn of each year and sets its budgets for the following financial year (April to March) each January. The Council’s latest annual budget agreed in January 2016 can be accessed under the Accounts and Budgets tab.

The Council produces an annual report each year which summarises the previous year’s activities and provides summary information on how the Council spent its monies in the previous year. The Council’s latest annual report can be viewed via the Accounts and Budgets tab. The Council is also required to complete an Annual Return for submission to the government. This Return is subject to external audit and must be made available for public inspection. The Council’s latest Annual Return can also be accessed via the Accounts and Budgets tab.

The Council raises the majority of its income by levying a Precept on Northumberland County Council, which the County Council subsequently collects from residents as part of the Council Tax. Seaton Valley Council’s element of the Council Tax is calculated by dividing the Council’s net budget by the Band D Council Tax Base. Full details of Seaton Valley Councils Precept calculations can be accessed by the Accounts and Budgets tab.

The Council administers its affairs in accordance with a number of agreed policies and procedures; two of the most significant being its Standing Orders and Financial Regulations. Copies of the latest versions of these two documents can be accessed via the appropriate tab.

And finally; the Council’s Complaints Policy can be accessed via this section of the website