• Compliant Parish and Town Council accounting made simple

    Helping your parish or town council to track, budget, invoice, reconcile and report.

    Join the hundreds of local councils in the UK already using Scribe

  • Why use Scribe?

    Scribe offers ready made, cost effective, and reliable solutions for the modern local council, compliant with the Accounts Regulations and Practitioner Guidelines.

    • An easy to use Accounting System, built specifically for local councils
    • More robust and compliant than Excel
    • Assists in the best practice of your financial management requirements

    If the way you record your financial accounts isn’t working for you or your are worried that your council maybe lacking financial control, we can help with our tailored accounts package which has been used by local councils for over 30 years.

     

    The Scribe Accounts package is based on systems devised in collaboration with the then Audit Commission, using Practitioners’ Guidance derived from the CIPFA, NALC and SLCC and the Government and Accountability for Local Councils Guide.

     

    Continued dialogue with our growing band of 200+ Local Council users ensures that the software is appropriate for your current requirements, providing both a very cost effective, and increasingly user friendly, choice for clerks and councils.

     

    Founded by Andrew Pickering, a former Clerk and Manager to local Councils and in local Government himself, Scribe was built to be specifically tailored to the needs and requirements of Clerks and other community organisation managers.

  • Trusted by 100’s of Parish and Town Councils

  • Features

    Scribe offers ready made, cost effective, and reliable solutions for the modern local council, compliant with the Accounts Regulations and Practitioner Guidelines.

    Receipts and Payments

    A full Receipts and Payments accounts system, which also includes an option at year end to convert to an Income and Expenditure account and balance sheet. Specifically designed for use by local councils.

    What's included in the Accounts Package:

    • Access to the comprehensive and user friendly Help Portal
    • Detailed online training resources
    • Telephone and email support for all basic aspects of the Scribe Packages
    • Annual Accounts Health Checks of your accounts by our Scribe experts
    • An easy to use Accounting System, built specifically for local councils
    • Quarterly fixed location training workshops are planned for 2017

    Best Practice Financial Management and Reporting

    More robust and compliant than Excel. Scribe Accounts enables you manage the best practice of your financial management and audit requirements throughout the year. The system helps you manage reporting to your council quickly and easily throughout the year, as well as to work towards your annual report and .

    Switching to Scribe is a low risk option with our 3 month Free Trial offer.

    If the way you record your financial accounts isn't working for you, we can help with our purpose built Scribe Accounts Package and user friendly Help and Training Portal.

    Additional packages also available to help manage other local council provided public services:

    • Scribe Cemetery
    • Scribe Planning
  • Features in Detail

    A full Receipts and Payments accounts system, which also includes an option at year end to convert to an Income and Expenditure account and balance sheet.

    Wide range of reporting options:

    • Year End Statement
    • Budget Profiling
    • Reporting to Council
    • Detailed Bank Reconciliation
    • Ability to view audit journal trail
    • Sales and Invoice order production
    • VAT Returns

    Have complete and immediate access to the financial position at any time:

      Reports can easily be exported for meetings and presentation documents, or to publish on your website.

       

      Produce all the necessary end of year accounts: the Annual Returns and Asset Register, and if converting to Income and Expenditure, also enter and report all adjustments, reserves, create an I&E Balance Sheet and supporting documents.

      • Calculate and produce VAT returns easily, including the schedule required with claims
      • Operate a profiled budget to make realistic comparisons for time of year
      • Produce detailed listings for audit and a wide range of summarised management reports
      • Record your fixed assets and long-term investments
      • Set your own cost centres and codes and set a budget against every service.
      • Record all transactions, including multiple entries and regular payments
      • Record and print purchase orders or sales invoices prior to the transactions if needed
      • Maintain a cash balance and multiple bank account balances
      • Distinguish between internet banking, cheque and cash transactions
      • Record payments into or out of the bank, or between accounts, and handle petty cash
      • Produce a draft cheque list for member approval
      • Compare expenditure against estimates for any code or cost centre, and produce summary reports for your Council in a variety of forms
      • Make transfers between codes for allocation of central costs, divide transactions, and make journal note corrections providing a full audit trail
      • Reconcile bank statements, both individually and for full reconciliation with all bank accounts 
      • Record and review business with individual suppliers or customers
      • Show all expenditure under Section 137, Wellbeing or General Power of Competence 
    • Client Testimonials

      Join the hundreds of councils already using Scribe

      KH - Wythall Council

      We have all three packages and I find them all easy to use. The packages are so easy to use, that I rarely had to contact for any help but when I did, the answers were always quickly received and clear. It would be a struggle for a big Council like Wythall, over 14,000 residents, to provide such detailed accounts and reports as Scribe currently provides us.

      JP - Haddenham Parish Council Clerk

      I am very happy with the Scribe package and find it very user friendly. The support for the programme is and always has been very good with clear instructions on how to deal with problems and plenty of on-line information too.

      PC - Droitwich Spa

      We are very pleased with SCRIBE it's great.

    • Pricing

      Affordable inclusive pricing based on preciept

      From £22 per month

      What's included:

      • PC Software licence and updates
      • Access to the comprehensive and user friendly Help Portal
      • Detailed online training resources
      • Telephone and email support for all basic aspects of the Scribe Packages
      • Annual Health Checks of your accounts by our Scribe experts
      • Quarterly fixed location training workshops are planned for 2017
    • Sign up for a free trial

      Please fill out the following form and we will set you up with a free trial

    • Contact Us

      For sales, support or more information please get in touch

      5 Market Street,
      North Walsham,
      Norwich
      Norfolk
      NR28 9BZ
      01603 856521