2021/22 Budget Preparation
presented the Draft 2021/22 budget and reported that the
budget takes account of the three Council agreed priorities
(new website, health and safety and Cemetery works). However
she added that there had not been adequate time to get
specific quotes for works and therefore estimates are used.
It was agreed that the priorities would be discussed in
September 2021 in preparation for the 2022/23 budget setting
The Clerk had
prepared and shared the detailed year end estimated budget
position for 2020/21. There were no questions relating to
the current year end position.
The Clerk took
Members through each budget cost centre – key points
The new phase
expansion has been costed with £32,000 from reserves.
Members discussed adding a further £10,000 from this years
budgets, but due to the effect on the Precept it was agreed
not too. Members questioned how many plots were left in the
Cemetery, but this information is currently unknown and will
form part of this project. JA highlighted the cost of
consecrating the land. The Finance Committee agreed to keep
the new phase expansion at £34,000 and once detailed
costings are known this will be brought back to Council.
costs are fairly static. GB highlighted that a review of the
burial costs should be undertaken once the improvement costs
and number of remaining plots are known.
reported that although the recent announcement by the
Chancellor of a public sector pay freeze; SLCC on behalf of
local Government employers have clarified, the Government
has no formal role around the decisions in these pay
negotiations and it will be ‘business as usual’. Therefore
the Clerk has added a cautious 2% pay uplift for the
Administration Officer role but no uplift for the Clerks
salary. The Finance committee agreed that 2% for the Clerks
salary should be added. Action: Clerk to amend the
The Clerk had
increased the training budget slightly due to both office
staff being new in post. This was supported.
This is cost
neutral on the Councils budget due to being grant funded by
remain similar to last year with additional budget for the
design of a new Council website of approx. £3,000. Health
and Safety outsourced work as previously agreed by Council
of £5,000 and £500 to address some of the health and safety
training gaps. The Finance Committee agreed to these costs.
Committee agreed to increase the Christmas Lights
contribution from £1,000 to £1,500 to match Chirk in Bloom.
& MH declared an interest in the Celebration Lights
CCTV – only £500 for the annual maintenance had been costed
into the budget, no additional cameras. This was
discussed in detail and it was felt that due to the large
investment made last year, that the Council were ahead
in its expansion. The matter would be reconsidered next
financial year. BC also noted the amount of time
it takes the staff to look through the footage.
Members questioned if the PCSO’s can be trained to use the
CCTV. Action: Clerk to explore training
with the PCSOs.
The amount for
Councillors allowance was queried – were WCBC Members
entitled to it and did the Chair/Vice Chair get a larger
amount? The Clerk was unsure and agreed to check this
amount. Action: Clerk to ensure enough money is
reported that for the purpose of the budget – best case
scenario had been used with the Parish Hall income returning
to a pre-covid position . All expenditure had also been
budgeted in-line with pre-covid running costs and therefore
if income is lower than expected, the costs will also
reduce. This was discussed and supported by the Finance
Committee. It was agreed that any major repairs would need
to be considered by Council to come from reserves. A 2% pay
uplift had been added to the Caretakers wages.
repairs to play equipment and £5,000 for new play equipment
had been budgeted. The Clerk reported that following the
seven play inspection reports there were some ‘Amber’ risk
items which needed addressing within one year and Pentre
play area had the largest amount of work needed. Detailed
specification had gone out to three companies for quotes but
specific quotes had not been received. FH also highlighted
the fencing at Pentre needed replacing. JA thought that
Kronospan had made a commitment to donate the fencing
materials and all the Council needed to do was write to
Kronospan requesting to take up the offer, once it decides
when to install. The Finance Committee were happy with the
budgeted amounts and if quotes came in higher than this
amount then difficult decisions would have to be taken.
increase in the annual precept of just over £1,000 was
considered to be a good result, resulting in a percentage
increase of approx. 1.6% and a £1.20 her household increase.
Committee were happy to propose to Council a Precept of