North Stainley with Sleningford Parish Council is a small, rural, local authority funded largely by public money, and is responsible for ensuring that its business is conducted in accordance with the law and proper standards, and that public money is safeguarded and properly accounted for, and used economically, efficiently and effectively. 

The Council has appointed a Clerk to the Council who acts as the Council’s advisor and administrator. The Clerk is also the Council’s Responsible Financial Officer and is responsible for administering the Council’s finances.

North Stainley with Sleningford Parish has a population in the region of ­518 people and the precept for 2015/16 was set at £8,950. The precept is the Council's main source of income and is collected for it by Harrogate Borough Council through the council tax system. 

The Council is responsible for the children’s play area in North Stainley and also undertakes to cut the verges and other communal areas of grass through North Stainley, contract a caretaker to carry out maintenance tasks in the parish, sponsor other local organisations and events and promote the use and maintenance of paths in the parish. 

The Council's financial year runs from 1st April - 31st March. 
The Council reviews its obligations and objectives and approves a budget for the following year at its ­­­­November meeting. That meeting also approves the level of precept for the following financial year. 
The budget for the current financial year can be viewed via the tab on the left of this page. 

At the Annual Parish Council, held in May, the Parish Council considers and approves the accounts for the previous financial period. The accounts are made up of a list of all the payments which were made, a list of the monies that were received and a bank reconciliation. 
The accounts for the last financial year can also be viewed via the tab on the left of this page.