North Stainley with Sleningford Parish Council is a small, rural local authority funded largely by public money, and is responsible for ensuring that its business is conducted in accordance with the law and proper standards, and that public money is safeguarded and properly accounted for, and used economically, efficiently and effectively. 
The Council has appointed a Clerk, who acts as the Council’s advisor and administrator. The Clerk is also the Council’s Responsible Financial Officer and is responsible for administering the Council’s finances.
North Stainley with Sleningford Parish has a population in the region of ­518 people and the precept for 2018-19 is set at £12,647.38. The precept is the Council's main source of income and is collected for it by Harrogate Borough Council through the council tax system. 

The Council is responsible for the children’s play area in North Stainley and also undertakes to cut the verges and other communal areas of grass through North Stainley, contract a caretaker to carry out maintenance tasks in the parish, sponsor other local organisations and events and promote the use and maintenance of paths in the parish.


Annual Return 2018-19
The Parish Council's Annual Return summarises the previous year's financial activity. It is subject to internal audit by an independent accounting professional, and submitted to the External Auditor. NSSPC is exempt from External Audit due to its small size and turnover. Annual Return documentation is shown here: 

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records will  be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2018, these documents will be available on reasonable notice as detailed below:

The Council's financial year runs from 1st April - 31st March. 
The Council reviews its obligations and objectives and approves a budget for the following year at its ­­­­November meeting. That meeting also approves the level of precept for the following financial year. 

The budget for the current financial year can be viewed here

At the Annual Parish Council Meeting, held in May, the Parish Council considers and approves the accounts for the previous financial period. The accounts are made up of a list of all receipts and payments over the year, and a financial report.

The accounts for previous financial years can be viewed via the tab on the left of this page.