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Councillor details Parish Council Finance Governance

Beckingham Parish Council

Currently the Parish Council comprises 5 members (the maximum possible) and meets bimonthly.

Parish Councillors

  • Cllr. Lawrence Tatton (Chair)
  • email:latatt34@gmail.com
  • tel:01636 629350 & 07900 104481
  • address:Ridge View,School Lane,Beckingham,LN50RJ
  • Cllr. Andy Brewer(Vice Chair)
  • email:andrewbrewer61@outlook.com
  • tel:01636 629149 & 07721 975974
  • address:The Cottage,Chapel Street,Beckingham, LN5 0RH
  • Cllr. Philip Wells
  • email:pandj.wells@btinternet.com
  • tel:01636 626667
  • address:1 Hillside Cottages,Hillside,Beckingham LN5 0RQ
  • Cllr. Scott Toomer
  • email:scott.toomer@me.com
  • tel:07816775049
  • address:Hillside Cottage,Hillside,Beckingham LN5 0RQ
  • Cllr. Angela Smith
  • email:angela.smith61@hotmail.com
  • tel:07913 236327
  • address:Chestnut Cottage,Chapel Street,Beckingham,Lincoln,LN5 0RH

Parish Councillors' PDI's can be found on the NKDC website

District Councillors;

  • Cllr. Russell Eckert
  • Cllr. Mary Green

County Councillor:

  • Cllr. Marianne Overton MBE
  • email....CllrM.Overton@lincolnshire.gov.uk
  • tel........01400 273323

Parish Clerk

  • Terry Brown
  • email: clerkpc@beckinghamvillage.co.uk
  • tel:01476 516366
  • address:189 Belton Lane, Grantham, NG319PL

Parish Council Finance

Beckingham Parish Council ('the Council') obtains its required funds via a precept upon the billing authority i.e NKDC. The precept is an order on the billing authority to pay to the Council a certain sum which is required to carry out its functions and services for the year Before setting its precept, the Council is expected to consider its spending plans for the year and to take into account any income from other sources so that only the net total of revenue expenditure is approved as its precept. This procedure will normally take place between November and January for the precept for the ensuing financial year.

The Council is empowered to incur expenditure on anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to, the exercise of its statutory powers. It cannot incur expenditure on anything that is not authorised in statute (but see Section 137 & "well-being" expenditure below).

Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972, allows expenditure up to a certain annual limit, on anything which, in the opinion of the Council, is in the interests of the Parish, or part of it, or is in the interests of all or some of its inhabitants as long as the amount awarded is commensurate with the benefit received. (Good examples here are Armistice day wreaths ). The annual limit for Section 137 expenditure is set at a rate per elector. The current rate applicable per elector for the financial year commencing 1st April 2015 is £7.36.

Some councils have an extended power of Well-Being. Beckingham Parish Council does not at the moment have extended powers.

If the Council wishes to incur expenditure on capital items (items not considered to be normal day-to-day revenues expenses), for example purchase of land or building or refurbishing a village hall, it will have to choose between several ways of financing the expenditure - sale of an asset (e.g. land), payment by instalments, saving the funds in advance, borrowing, grant or a combination of these.

Borrowing - the Council may not borrow money (except as an overdraft on its bank account to cover for the short-term problems encountered between paying for day-to-day expenditure and receipt of income or precept), unless permission is given by the Department For Communities and Local Government. This is termed as "Loan Sanction". Loan sanction is not the granting of a loan - it is merely permission to borrow. Once loan sanction is given, the Council is free to negotiate a loan from whichever source can give the best terms. In reality, most local councils will apply to the Public Works Loan Board for the loan. Once granted, a loan will obviously have to be serviced i.e. arrangements will have to be made for the repayments, including interest, to be paid and these must be included in the budget process and precept setting for future years.

The Council must prepare a set of Accounts to show its transactions for the year. This set of Accounts must be prepared in accordance with legislation at the time. For a council like Beckingham with income or expenditure up to £200,000 this is a Receipts and Payments Account showing the actual total receipts and payments for the year. These Statutory Accounts must be prepared and approved by the Full Council before 30th June in any year and an Annual Return completed for audit purposes

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2011 requires that each local authority "must undertake an adequate and effective internal audit of its accounting records and of its systems of internal control". The same Regulations require a local authority to review the effectiveness of internal audit on an annual basis. Beckingham Parish Council must appoint an internal auditor who is independent of the day to day transactions of the council and its members. The auditor should not be a member of the council. The auditor may be anyone who, in the opinion of the Council, is competent to carry out the work and does not have to be a qualified person.

The Council must approve all items of expenditure for payment. It is usual practice for a list of payments to be presented at the Council meeting for approval and the cheques signed at that meeting. All cheques or orders for payment against the Council's bank account must be signed by at least two Members who are also authorised signatories. Clerks or other employees should not sign cheques.


Listed below are documents which support and guide the work of Beckingham Parish Council:

Beckingham Parish Council Code for Volunteers

Beckingham Parish Council Standing Orders

Beckingham Parish Council Financial Regulations

Beckingham Parish Council Freedom of Information Policy

Beckingham Parish Council Complaints Procedure

Beckingham Parish Council Risk Management Policy

Beckingham Parish Council Financial Reserves Policy

Beckingham Parish Council Asset Register

Beckingham Parish Council Data Protection Policy

Beckingham Parish Council Data Publication Scheme

Beckingham Parish Council GDPR Subject Access Policy

Beckingham Parish Council GDPR Record Retention Policy

Beckingham Parish Council GDPR Data Breach Policy

Beckingham Parish Council GDPR Data Mapping

Beckingham Parish Council Code of Conduct

Beckingham Parish Council Flag Flying policy

Beckingham Parish Council Grants Policy

For copies of any document please contact the Clerk

Annual Return 2021/22

Notice of Public Rights is here

Certificate of exemption is here

Internal Audit Report is here

Section 1 is here

Section 2 is here

Annual Return 2020/21

Notice of Public Rights is here

Certificate of exemption is here

Internal Audit Report is here

Section 1 is here

Section 2 is here

Beckingham Parish Council 2020 vers 6       Accessibilty
Village Hall Dates 2022

(To make a booking contact Lawrence Tatton 07900 104481)

(VHMC is not currently taking any bookings for the hire of the Hall. Situation to be reviewed at the end of the year, apologies for any disappointment )

Parish Council Meetings 2022 Parish Council Meeting. Wednesday 17th August 2022

Opening times for the Village Hall Social Club

From 2nd July Fridays 19.00 to 23.00 until further notice (dependent on current COVID restrictions being removed)

Village Hall Social Club events