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Bleadon Parish Council

Precept - Bleadon Resident Tax


Census 2011 Data Profiles for Bleadon Parish and Hutton & Locking Ward


BPC Audit



(Bleadon Resident Tax)

Precept Comparison

Budget Info



Council Tax





In 2004 Bleadon Parish Council sought and gained Quality Council Status. At 2012/13 the Annual Parish Precept had nearly doubled and moreover, the budget may be higher than the precept requiring it's financial reserves to be used. 


 What are its Powers and Duties? See here for The Good Councillor Guide (Version 4 avalable with Addendum) ** Version 2017 ** also LGA District Councillor Guide 2017 


Percentage rise from 2003/4 to 2012/13

(when BOB started to highlight the situation,

now look at current position in the table below)

National Council Tax Average (Band D property, England)31%
Bleadon Parish Precept87%


Parish Council Tax Precepts. Is it fair? Click here for more information


Is Quality Parish Scheme working?


You may be interested in the attached BPC Expenditure Analysis to date (click for XLS file)

taken from past Agenda/Minutes. This should be treated as draft and 'work in progress' as listed expenditure items contain errors and omissions as published by our 'responsible financial officer' in draft minutes & agenda. Also some assumptions have been made during categorisation due to a lack of published individual detail. We feel these give a more detailed view of expenditure than from annual financial audited reports. You may want to start by looking at the last 2 'tabs' as they give summaries. Please let me know if you want any clarification, also note expenditure may have been affected by use from 2013 of the General Power of Competency that made it easier for councils to spend our taxes.


 Bleadon Parish Council Annual Audit Submissions

The Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) is responsible for issuing proper practices about

the governance and accounts of smaller authorities (MAR 2020 PDF)

National Audit Office - Local authority accounts: A guide to your rights (PDF)


Rights 2019-20

AGAR Part3

Audited Report

Exercise of Rights

During COVID19 pg2

 (JPAG MAR 2020 PDF)

Report 2015-16

AGAR 2016-17

Commencement 2016-17

AGAR S1 2017-18

AGAR S2 2017-18

Full AGAR 2018-19

AGAR Part3 2018-19


Report 2011-12Report 2012-13Report 2013-14Part AGAR 2014-15
Report 2007-08Report 2008-09Report 2009-10Report 2010-11
Report 2003-04Report 2004-05Report 2005-06Report 2006-07


Bleadon Parish Council Annual Precepts since 2003/4


Financial YearPrecept £Change %Yearly Inflation %




Since 2003

2020/21£50,00010.27% BPC hold budget meeting in closed session with 1 or 2 Cllrs. Very little time and discussion at Full Council before approval with Cllr queries re: amounts poorly answered. No explanation of budget increase to date (Mar 20)

No publication, agreement or explanation of increase? BPC decide to spend £22K from Special Reserves by the end of the year with no explanation? See July 19 Min 324.14 Whole parish council up for election. Major 200 Houses Appeal. NDP survey results distributed  Bleadon in Bloom Project. No NDP WG meetings after Appeal hearing concludes in Oct 19? 2 Clerks resign.

2018/19£44,40113.44%2.5No pulblication, agreement or explanatin of precept increase of 13.44% increase when already 3rd highest precept per capita of similar councils? 200 Houses application on Bridge Road. 5 lead members of BAT become Cllrs. Neighbourhood Plan proposed despite no consultation, extraordinary meetings and changes to standing orders. Highest Parish Precept in NSC area! NDP Survey undertaken
2017/18£39,140  3.00%2.7No publication or agreement of budget? Use of Community Payback Scheme for NSC PROW maintenance duties, issued draft 'Vexatious Policy' against BOB for asking Parish Plan questions, Subsequently 2 Clerks and 4 Cllrs. resign. BPC undertake a number of projects and start NDP behind closed doors.
2016/17£38,000  0.00% 0.7No agreement or pubication of budget? Some cost reductions, Some Councillors and Ranger resigned, New Clerk(s). BPC can't find Parish Plan for Public Bleadon Hill Inquiry.
2015/16£38,000  0.00% 0.0NB: Budget £46,360 so no real cost reduction, no publication of breakdown. May 2015 the whole council is up for mandatory 4 year re-election.  Major Outline Housing development application(s) for Bleadon Hill.  Late 2014 PC decided to contract another website (3rd new website) NB: As of January 2016 site is still the same as Spring 2014) 6 Councillors (from original 9) decided not to re-stand for May 15 election, 2 Clerks resign, detrimental change in publication of Agenda and Minutes policy.
2014/15£38,000  0.00% 1.5No clear agreement of budget, no publication? NB: Budget £45,872 & Here is a PDF copy of the presentation given at The Annual Parish Meeting on 14/04/14 by Bleadon Parish Clerk (and Responsible Financial Officer). Major Development application for Weston Wake Park. Solar Farm Application refused after Public Appeal. A 3rd PC Website is planned. Electronic Agenda letter from S Williams MP
2013/14£38,000 -5.00% 2.6NB: Budget £39,225. North Somerset also gave an additional grant. PC decide to take on toilets from North Somerset. BOB raises awareness of PC issues through BeInvolved Blog. Major Outline Housing development application for Bleadon Quarry.  See also Mercury report on Band D comparison
2012/13£40,0006.67% 2.8

QPS suspended by NALC There are now 691 (8%) Quality Councils of which 359 (4%) have reaccredited. (NALC as at 4 May 2012). NB:There are approximately 8700 Parish & Town Councils in England!

Clerk awarded International Institute of Municipal Clerks MMC Also Mercury Report (see 2013 and  2012 APM year end finances stating 2011/12 increased precept £37,500?)

2011/12£37,5005.63% 4.5See Min 230.5 vs 2012 APM year end finances Hillcote area now in parish after boundary review (41 properties). MicroshadeVSM contracted
2010/11£35,5001.79% 3.3Clerk appointed SLCC President for 2010/11, sponsored by ITwC CRM websites (as used by Bleadon, East Huntspill, Puriton & others).
2009/10£34,8750.00%2.2Re-Accredited Quality Council Status (Required Action Plan last updated!). Parish Clerk completes dissertation "Does Quality Council status produce Quality Councils?" ,
2008/9£34,8752.57%3.6Apr 09 Bleadon Parish Council (BPC) changes website companies from Vision ICT to ITwC CRM and builds its second new website (another SLCC promoted supplier)
2005/6£32,77018.47%2.0See 2004/5 below
2004/5£27,66029.07%1.3Dec04 Gained Quality Council Status. Jan 05 to Sep 05 assisted by community volunteers & Vision ICT a Parish Plan Questionnaire is produced, distributed, collected and analysed (A Parish Plan and website are criteria for a QC award - BPC's BPC's first website - no utilisation or link to the 'BOB' webiste set up pre-2001, by Bob McKay,  NOTHING appears to have been done since!
2003/4£21,430n/a1.4June 2003 Quality Parish Scheme launched by NALC. Bleadon Parish Council (BPC) funds Clerk studies for SLCC qualification (A qualified Clerk is a criterion for Quality Council (QC) award)


Bleadon Parish Council Budget

Summary Information - Audit Submissions, Precept, Reserves & Expenditure Information

NB: BPC Unpublished and/or BOB researching finances indicated by '?'


Budget TypeTOTAL20202019201820172016201520142013


(Min 330.8.2)


(Min 315.18)


(Min 303.9)


(Min 291.11)


(Min 280.7)


(Min 270.5.3)


(Min 260.5.2)


(Min 251.5.4)

Full Budget













(Min 270.5.2)


(Min 260.5.1)

(Min 261.5.1)


(Min 251.5.3)

Reserves ?


(Min 324.14)













NB: Public request to see accounts refused Aug 2019


Parish Newsletter ?









(Ads £30)



Neighbourhood Development Plan




?Project started June 2017, awaiting a public meeting, initial survey published, see Blog
Church ?£3,000??????
Playground ?£2,500??????
Bleadon in Bloom£3,290?


(Min 317.17 &

Min 321.13



(Audit 2)

"The total project value to date was £8,292.40 being cash £1,602.15 and gift in kind £6,690.25.  The Blue Hearts trail leaflet cost £150 to print.  Advertising of £175 covers this cost" (Min 324.19)? Apr 2019 Report - last page.  Trophy display in halls (Min 327.9.iii)
Bleadon Rights of Way?????????
200 Houses n/a??BPC held a  public meeting June 2019 & leaflet drop, see blog
A370 ???BPC held a  public meeting Aug 2018 & leaflet drop.
Bus Shelter Celtic Way ???Continuing for many years since destroyed in a storm, to be paid for by received insurance money.
There not There (Tommy) ???Project request started July 2018 (Min 311.14). Awaiting cabinet installation at the Halls Feb 20 (Min 331.5). Trophy display in halls (Min 327.9.iii)
VE Day???Started 2019, in planning phase, awaiting information
COVID-19 resident support???Joint initiative BPC village centric, WI, Church & Cafe started March 2019.




(Min 331.8.3)


Locality for NDP project only




Project started June 2017, awaiting a public meeting, initial survey published, see Blog
Church Wall
Church Clock



Precept Comparison


How does Bleadon Parish Council Precept compare to surrounding and/or similar Councils?

BOB last did this comparison for 2012/13 (see table below image) so 5 years on, in 2017, here is an update

(click image for full size).


Bleadon Precept comparison 2017/18


2012-2013 Comparison table with Bleadon the most expensive

Bleadon & Hillcote(est)115082NS£40,000.00£37,500.00£2,500.00£34.78-£2.67y
Long Ashton49813913NS£137,477.00£133,475.00£4,002.00£27.60-£9.85y
Winscombe & Sandford43323264NS£110,000.00£105,000.00£5,000.00£25.39-£12.06 
East Huntspill1179111Sedgemoor£28,000.00£25,000.00£3,000.00£23.75-£13.70 
Brent Knoll1264196Sedgemoor£25,000.00£25,000.00£0.00£19.78-£17.67 
Burnham Without796-272Sedgemoor£14,581.00£13,600.00£981.00£18.32-£19.14 
Loxton & Christon202-866NS£3,000.00£3,600.00-£600.00£14.85-£22.60 
St Georges1214146NS£17,478.00£17,332.00£146.00£14.40-£23.06 
East Brent1261193Sedgemoor£17,500.00£17,000.00£500.00£13.88-£23.58 
Compton Bishop609-459Sedgemoor£6,500.00£6,500.00£0.00£10.67-£26.78 
Wick St Lawrence1296228NS£6,000.00£6,000.00£0.00£4.63-£32.82 


North Somerset Council Tax


2012/13 , 2013/14,2014/15summary&2014/15detail2015/162016/172017/182018/192019/20, 2020/21




Linked or printed from The Communities Parishes & Local Council's organisation (click here for CPALC website)


Frequently Asked Questions on Parish CouncilsParish Council Powers
Quality Council Scheme reviewThe arrogance of officialdom
Do we need another Quality Parish SchemeCost of Democracy
General Power of CompetencyGeneral Power and Co-option
Cosy clique of co-optionNeighbourhood Planning & NP Funding & Funding & NALC
Legal CouncillorInternal Audit
Call for ElectionCouncillor Vacancy
Clerk as ChairRogue Chairman
Good, Bad and UglyUnderstanding Precepts


Other useful related links/PDFs


New NALC Quality Council Scheme informationThe Council Tax Scam - Is it Fair?
North Somerset Town & Parish informationHutton & Locking Ward (includes Bleadon) Councillors
Member of Parliament for Weston Super MareBleadon Parish Councillors and Agendas & Minutes

IsItFair website also Precept Referendum Consultation

and BBC report

Weston Town Councillors
Wiki page on Parish CouncilsMaking Local Councils more Transparent
Local Government Boundary CommissionCommunity Governance Reviews
Action with Communites in Rural England West of England Rural Network 
Town & Parish Councillor Q&ACommunities, Paris & Local Councils (CPALC)
What is LocalismWhat next for Localism
National Training StrategyLocalism Act & GPC Eligibility
Transparency CodeLocal Government Transparency in England
Can you Stand for Election and be a Parish Councillor?Best Value Advice from DCLG
NALC Good Councillor Guide to Finance