Croxley Green Parish Council is a statutory local authority in its own right (autonomous) and has a wide variety of powers and duties conferred by statutes – see Powers & Duties. It has sixteen elected Members (from three Wards within Croxley Green) and currently two Members are also elected Members of Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) in whose district Croxley Green lies.
The Council raises its money to perform its functions through taxation, the Precept, from the residents of Croxley Green. This Precept is collected for the Parish Council by TRDC each year via TRDC's general taxation demand to residents and passed to the Parish Council in two half year payments – one in April and the other in September.
The Council each year considers its budget requirement, usually between November to January of the successive year, to perform the services its undertakes on behalf of the residents and taking into account any income that may be forthcoming this determines the Precept. You can see the Council's budget, including the Precept, by following the highlighted link. It is to be noted that the Council's Budget may differ from the Precept as the budget takes account of any other income that the Council derives from other sources.
Where the Parish Council does not have specific powers to enable them to develop their role the Local Government Act 1972, Section 137, provides the Parish with the power to spend a limited amount on activities for which it has no specific power, but which the Council considers 'will bring direct benefit to the area, or any part of it or all or some of its inhabitants.' The Local Government and Housing Act 1989 added the requirement that the benefit obtained should be commensurate with the expenditure incurred. The amount that can be spent on S137 activity each year is set by Government and for the financial year 1 April 2012 – 31 March 2013 is £6.80 per person on the full electoral role.
Under the S137 provision the Council may, upon application, consider the merits a Grant which would benefit the community in whole or in part. An application form for an S137 Grant can be found by following the highlighted link or by going to our Forms area on our Home Page of our web site. It is emphaised that the Council makes a budget provision for any potential S137 expenditure that may arise in the budget year, so funding may be limited to within that budget although this is entirely at the discretion of the Council subject to meeting the requirements.