The council recognises that there is a balance between providing quality services and ensuring that the foundation for everything that is undertaken is based on sound finances. In particular there is recognition that wherever possible any increase in the precept should reflect general increases in the cost of living.
Our External Audit for 16/17 has been completed. You can view the documents here.
Our underlying principles in managing our finances over the next year will be:
1. Unallocated reserves of between 10 –15% of expenditure will be maintained to cover any unforeseen/unexpected costs
2. Allocate £50,000 to capital projects and £85,000 to a new youth suite.
3. To ensure that any services taken on or developed will have a cost neutral impact on the budget unless the Town Council decides to employ a higher standard of service.
4. The Town Council will investigate alternative sources of fundraising.
The current Members annual allowance is £541.80, which is paid monthly, through the Town Council's payroll system and is subject to tax.
Councillors currently claiming the allowance in 17/18 are:
Cllr Adrian Collett
Cllr Gerry Crisp
Cllr Shawn Dickens
Cllr Alan Hammersley
Cllr Bob Harward
Cllr John Keane
Cllr David Murr