The parish council is a ‘local council’ within the area covered by the Metropolitan District Council of Leeds City.
Its responsibilities and functions include:
- the right to be consulted on all planning applications for the parish
- provision of allotments
- upkeep of the War Memorial
- provision of litter bins and public seats
- giving financial support to the Village Hall
- maintenance of the children’s playground equipment
- representing the views of the parish to Leeds City Council and others
- within legal limits, to provide financial support to local organisations
- management of Northways playing field under lease from Leeds City Council
- maintenance of footpaths under the paths partnership agreement with Leeds City Council.
Most of the parish council's income comes from the precept, collected by Leeds City Council, as part of the Council Tax. For 2013/14 this amount is £21,000 which is the same as 2012/13. Each household’s share of this charge is shown on Council Tax demands which will show a small increase due to the change in the Council Tax base brought about by the government’s introduction of the Local Scheme of Council Tax discounts.
The parish council has a role in supporting organisations and activities in the parish and is allowed by law to help financially although there are limits to the total it can spend in this way. Major commitments are the maintenance of the Village Hall and of the children’s play area. It is able to give support to other groups as well.
The expenditure for Budget 2013/14 is divided as follows:
Employee Cost £5,293
Running Costs £2,132
Promotion and Publicity £ 979
Open Space Maintenance £3,924
Upkeep of Local Facilities £8,104
Community Grants £1,000
Neighbourhood Plan £2,000
Parish Celebrations £ 155
Note: the total of other projected expenditure exceeds the £21,000 precept as it is also financed from balances and other incidental income.