Council Finances and Risk Management
Where the money goes
Ridgewell Parish Council finances its activities from part of the Council Tax (the Precept) paid by households in the parish and is collected by Braintree District Council at the same time it collects the council tax money for Essex County Council, the Police and the Fire Service. The Parish Council precept maintains a clean and tidy environment within the Parish including maintenance of the village green, verges, trees and playing field; essential maintenance works on Council assets, street furniture and street lighting; provides allotments; produces the annual Newsletter; organises village events such as the Christmas Tree Ceremony and Spring Clean; maintains the website; meets the administrative costs of running the Parish Council in the discharge of its statutory duties including the cost of employing the Clerk and Village Hall Treasurer.
Ridgewell Parish Council continues to plan improvements throughout the parish and has set the precept for this financial year at £17,028. Your contribution to these services works out at £80.49 per household per year based on a Band D property and you can see more information about how this money is spent by clicking on the monthly council payment reports or receipt and payment reports .
From the 1st April 2019 the parish has set the precept at £17,628. Based on Band D Property contributions this works out at £83.95 per year. The main reasons for the increase is due to Braintree District Council ceasing the Localism Grant payment to the Parish Council, an income loss of £508 and a reduction in the Council Tax Surplus of £108.00.