There is no requirement to take a precept each year, so if you don't need the money, don't take one. You will still need to resolve to set a precept of zero, record it in the minutes and submit the paperwork to confirm this. The Government repeatedly threatens to cap precept rises for parish and town councils, but this is on hold for at least the next couple of years. The fact that it is even mentioned indicates how little they understand about the sector and how we operate. I took on a council with too much money in the bank and no spending plans, so I advised them to reduce the precept to a nominal sum for three years. We've now reached the end of the three year period and will be increasing the precept by 1,200% this year, marginally above the Government's suggested 2% limit!