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There is a long list of powers which Parish Councils can exercise, ranging from allotments to war memorials. The following list shows some of the recent activities carried out by the Council:


Each year the Parish Council informs Wakefield Metropolitan District Council of the funds it needs to carry out its functions. The District Council then converts that sum to the rate to be charged on householders of the parish.

In the year beginning 1 April 2010, the total amount needed to run the Council has been set at 23,000 and this will appear as "Sharlston Parish Precept" on the Council Tax Demand. 23,000 is equivalent to 28.50 per household for a Band D property.

The Council's finances are subjected to two levels of audit, a local audit and an audit carried out by a national company on behalf of the Audit Commission. Each year, following the audit process, the accounts are made available for public inspection.

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