Annual Return

The Council prepares accounts each year for the 12 months to 31 March. The format of the accounts is decided by Central Government and set out in the Annual Return.  The Annual Return is audited each year by an independent external auditor.

Annual Report, 2014-15

Annual Return 2014/15 and Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Notice of Conclusion of Audit – year ended 31.3.16

Annual Return – year ended 31.3.16

Annual return 2016-2017

Notice of conclusion of Audit 2016-2017

Notice of conclusion of audit and Annual Governance and Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2018

Annual Investment Strategy

Annual Investment Strategy 2018-19

Town Council Budget

The Town Council decides the budget before the start of each financial year. From time to time the Council makes changes to the budget to respond flexibly to community needs.

Dover Town Council Budget

Town Council Expenditure

The Town Council considers and approves all payments made at its regular meetings.

Council Expenditure, November 2018

Council Expenditure, October 2018

Council Expenditure, September 2018

Council Expenditure, August 2018

Council Expenditure, July 2018

Council Expenditure, June 2018

Council Expenditure, May 2018

Council Expenditure, April 2018

Council Expenditure, March 2018

Council Expenditure, February 2018

Council Expenditure, January 2018

Council Expenditure, December 2017

Council Expenditure, November 2017

Council Expenditure, October 2017

Council Expenditure, September 2017

Council Expenditure, August 2017

Council Expenditure, July 2017

Council Expenditure, June 2017

Council Expenditure, May 2017

Council Expenditure, April 2017

Basic Allowances & Travel Payments

Almost all work done by Town Councillors is expected to be voluntary. The Council makes a payment called Parish Basic Allowance to Councillors to recognise the time spent on duties and for expenses such as travel within Dover. The Council considers reports from a Independent Panel set up to make recommendations on the appropriate level of Allowance in East Kent.  Councillors can claim travel and subsistence for duties outside Dover Town at the same rates as apply to Dover District Councillors.

Parish Basic Allowance – Statutory Public Notice

Payments to Councillors, 2017-18

How we buy Goods and Services

Interested in doing business with the Council? We buy goods and services in an open and transparent way. Find out more.

Financial Regulations

The Town Council manages its financial administration according to its Financial Regulations.  Some regulations are required by law and others represent current best practice. The Town Council reviews the Financial Regulations each year and makes necessary changes.

Financial Regulations 2017

Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England – March 2018

Public Rights

The Council has a legal duty to issue and make public certain statutory notices relating to financial matters during the year.


Transparency Code

Town Council Expenditure is shown above.

Town Council Tenders are shown here.

Contracts over £5000 are shown below.



Town Council Land and Buildings are shown here.

Town Council Committee Grants are shown here.

Town Councilor Ward Grants are shown here.

Information about the Town Council staff team is shown here.