How we spend CIL - the neighbourhood portion
Some of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) monies received can be passed to local councils as a Neighbourhood Fund. The Government regulations state that a minimum of 15% of the funds raised within a parish should be passed as Neighbourhood Portion. This will rise to 25% where a neighbourhood plan is in place. However, in West Lancashire there are no neighbourhood plans, therefore 15% of funds will be passed on.
In those areas that have a parish council, 15% of funds will be passed to the parish council in April and October each year. This is capped at a maximum of £100 per existing council tax dwelling. So if a parish was to have 400 existing dwellings, then they could not receive any greater than £40,000 from CIL neighbourhood monies in a year.
The parish councils must spend their neighbourhood fund on infrastructure in their local area, in consultation with their local community. The neighbourhood portion of the levy can be spent on a wider range of things than the rest of the levy, provided it meets the requirement to ‘support the development of the area’. The wider definition means that the neighbourhood portion can be spent on things other than infrastructure, such as funding affordable housing.
Parish councils should work closely with neighbouring parish councils and the borough council to agree on infrastructure spending priorities.
Parish councils must spend their levy portion within five years of receipt. If the monies are not spent, or are not spent on appropriate infrastructure schemes, we can require the parish council to repay some, or all, of those funds back to us.
Parish councils must administer their neighbourhood portion and publish annual reports each year on their website, or on the Borough Council's website, stating how much they have received and spent.
Further information for parish councils can be found below.
In those areas that do not have parish council (Ormskirk and Skelmersdale), we will retain the 15% as the neighbourhood portion. We will consult with the local communities to identify the priorities and schemes with which to spend the neighbourhood portion. We will publish details of all consultations through these webpages.
How can I get involved?
If you live in a parish area then you can contact your parish council to get involved in identifying local projects. The CIL Annual Reports detail those areas where CIL receipts have been received and given to parish councils.