Recharges to parishes for administering parish elections at WNC
Why do we charge parishes for running their elections?
Parishes receive a precept via the Local Authority Council Tax to run the parish and this includes services such as recreation parks, lighting, cemeteries and so on. The precept also includes funds for running their elections, generally once every four years. However, elections can be called at any time due to parish councillors no longer being in office due to resignations, deaths and so on.
For an election to run through to polling day, more candidates need to be validly nominated than there are vacant seats, this is where most of the costs for running elections come in.
At West Northamptonshire Council, our policy is to charge the parishes for elections based on actual costs plus a small administration charge for processing nomination forms and administrating the running of the election.
Last updated 06 July 2023