2024-2025 Precept Explained

Published: 13 March 2024

Holme Valley Parish Council Precept for the Year 2024-2025

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Holme Valley Parish Council?

Holme Valley Parish Council is the first tier of local government covering the administrative area of the Holme Valley. It serves a population of nearly 30,000 in the towns and villages of Holmfirth, Honley, Brockholes, Cinderhills, Hade Edge, Hepworth, Hinchliffe Mill, Holmbridge, Holme, Jackson Bridge, Netherthong, New Mill, Scholes, Thongsbridge, Upperthong and Wooldale.

As Holme Valley Parish Council covers quite a large civil parish, it is divided into 12 parish wards, with separate elections for each ward. Councillors are elected as representatives, often living in the village or locality they represent. The Parish Council is made up of 23 councillors.

The Council’s main aim is to improve the quality of life of the residents of the Holme Valley. It works in partnership with many organisations to promote the Valley to make it a thriving place in which to live, work and play, as well as an attractive area to visit.

What is a Parish Council precept?

A parish council precept is a tax that parish councils charge their local electors to meet the budget requirements for their services. It is added to the Kirklees Council tax bill and is shown alongside other additions such as police, fire and social care. Parish Councils do not receive any direct funding from central government and rely on their precept plus any other income they generate from services or facilities they provide. The precept is based on the number of properties in a parish that are liable to pay council tax, and the amount varies depending on the services delivered by each parish council.

What does the Holme Valley Parish Council precept cover?

In the Holme Valley the precept funds local services not currently provided by the district council. This includes the funding of a Youth Worker dedicated to the Holme Valley, ownership and maintenance of the benches, bus shelters and adopted telephone boxes around the Holme Valley, a contribution to the operating costs of the Holme Valley bus services, ownership and operation of the public toilets in central Holmfirth, ownership and maintenance of the Civic in Holmfirth in partnership with Holmfirth Civic Community Trust, ownership, running costs and maintenance of Honley Library in partnership with the Friends of Honley Library, contributions to road safety schemes, provision of dog waste disposal bags, grants for community assets and building improvements such as sports clubs and community centres, grants to support events such as summer festivals and seasonal grants for decorations and village Christmas trees.

How did the Parish Council decide on the precept?

At a meeting of the full council on 18 December 2023 the 19 councillors in attendance debated options for setting the budget for the financial year 2024-2025. Discussion included possible budget options, investment in the Holme Valley and the widening scope of the council’s work. Three budget proposals were put forward.

The proposed budget option for a total parish precept of £320,054 was approved by a majority of 16 votes.

Minutes from the meeting can be found on the Holme Valley Parish Council website and a video of the discussion can be found of Holme Valley Parish Council’s You Tube Channel.

How much will the household charge be?

The precept calculation is based on the ‘Band D equivalent’ as band D is the middle band of Council Tax and represents the amount of Council Tax paid on an average property in the area. The Band D equivalent provides a measure for precepts in different councils to be compared.

For the financial year starting 1 April 2024 the band D property household charge in the Holme Valley will rise from £27.18 by £3.35 to £30.53 per year.

This rise of £3.35 is the first since the year 2019 and equates to approximately 6p per week per household. There have been no other increases in five years and estimated inflation during this period is approximately 22% (Source: Bank of England). Since 2019 Holme Valley Parish Council has expanded services to include the asset transfer and ongoing maintenance and running costs for Honley Library at £15,000 per year and funding provision for a Youth Worker dedicated for the Holme Valley at £25,000 per year.

Comparison figures for regional and national Band D equivalents for 2024-2025 are not yet available, however, in the year 2023-2024 the average Band D equivalent for precepting authorities in England was £78.79 and in Yorkshire was £51.86 (Source: National Association of Local Councils), both of which are significantly higher than the £30.53 household charge in the Holme Valley Parish.