Precept & Finance

The precept is the Parish Council's share of the council tax. The precept demand goes to the billing authority, the County Council, which collects the tax for the Parish Council. The 'Precept' is converted into an amount per Council Tax Band that is added onto the Council Tax bill.

Town Council income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of estimates. The resulting net amount (the precept) is added to council tax, collected by the County Council (principal authority) and paid to the parish in two six-monthly instalments.

Parish and Town Councils can apply for other funding such as grant and funding awards, but they do not receive funds direct from central government, as principal authorities do.


The Town Council's budget is agreed each year in preparation for determining the following years Precept.


Additionally in line with the Localism Act 2011, to promote transparency regarding use of public money the Council will publish monthly expenditure of all payments to suppliers for goods and services and grants over £500 (including VAT), including all individual invoices, grant payments, payments to other public bodies, expense payments or other such transactions. Details of credit notes will also be published.

Salary payments to staff are not included, nor compensation payments made to individuals. Publication of certain other transactions may be redacted or be exempt from publication.


Malmesbury Town Council will use Community Infrastructure Levy Funds that it receives strictly in accordance with the Government’s CIL regulations which state that these funds must be used “to support the development of the local area by funding

(a) the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure; or

(b) anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area.”

To view the 2023/24 receipt and use of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) please download below.

For queries please contact the Town Council's Responsible Financial officer, who is the Town Clerk.

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Tel: 01666 822 143 or Email: administration@malmesbury.gov.uk


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A wonderful place to visit with a wealth of attractions right on the doorstep.


MALMESBURY is a vibrant, market town, steeped in history going back to medieval times. Currently home to many famous & popular musical, cultural, and festival events throughout the year, visitors can browse the charming streets with independent retailers, or stop at one of the lively cafes, restaurants, pubs, and bars.

Attractions to visit include the stunning 12th century Malmesbury Abbey, 15th century Market Cross and the Athelstan Museum with a painting of Malmesbury Abbey by JMW Turner. There are also lovely walks along the River Avon.



Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9BZ

The Council Office is open for Council business from 9am until 5pm Monday to Thursday & Friday 9am to 4.30pm, except for Bank Holidays.

Please call us on 01666 822143, or visit our contact page here to contact a specific councillor or member of the council staff directly.