2020/21 Quarter 3 Budget Report & Bank
- Including Community Agent funding data
presented the Q3 budget position to the Committee Members–
key points discussed:
Cemetery income is average, the Council has not seen an
increase in deaths during this past 12 months, despite the
There has been no tree works in the cemetery this year and
caretaker costs are lower than budgeted due to the lockdown.
The Clerk salary budget line will be an underspend this year
due to the Admin Officer not being appointed until October
There is no spend on travel expenses due to the lockdown
Usually the Community Agent budget is cost neutral, however
the Council has funded additional hours this year which will
exceed the grant income.
There has been a couple of large donations made towards the
Christmas Hampers, donations have exceeded costs and this
money will be ringfenced at year-end for ongoing food
hampers during the pandemic.
A separate spreadsheet showing a breakdown of grant income
and costs was shared with the Committee as requested at the
Most costs remain on track as per budget line.
VAT is reported in a different way in Scribe compared to
previous years and therefore the two VAT budget lines both
have a nil spend against them.
Consultant fees is higher than budgeted due to Council
authorising the H&S Consultant.
IT equipment has overspent due to requiring two Laptops not
The clerk explained about the specialist scanning work
needed on the three oak trees in the Recreational Grounds.
It is likely that this can be achieved before year end.
Christmas light expenditure will be offset by income from
the Celebration Lights Committee.
Lengthsman post has not been recruited for, leaving an
Very little spend in this area so far this year. The Clerk
committed to paying the Councillors allowance by the year
Rental income remains consistent.
Caretaking for litter and play inspections is slightly
underspent due to lockdown restrictions this year.
Play equipment repairs – The Clerk is trying to seek quotes,
but this is proving difficult as many companies are
experiencing high demand at this time. Repairs and new
equipment are needed and it is likely that this budget will
need to be earmarked in reserves at year end. Discussion
took place about the fence in Pentre, FH reported that the
fence is very hazardous in places. Kronospan had agreed
several years ago to provide the timber for the fence, but
it was unknown if this offer was still valid. FH proposed
that Kronospan is approached again to donate the timber and
for the Council to fund the installation of a new fence. MH
seconded the proposal. The Committee agreed to recommend to
JA to ask Kronospan about donation of timber.
Clerk to arrange for measuring up of works required.
The budget for the trees will not be spent in this year and
will be required next year once the results of the tree
scanning is known.
The full precept has been received from Wrexham Council.
year end position is likely to show a reduction in income
and a greater reduction in expenditure against planned
budget. There were no additional questions.
reported the ongoing problem with bank reconciliation and
the steps which had been taken to resolve the issue with
Scribe. The Committee asked a range of questions and were
happy it was being dealt with.
FH proposed to
accept the Quarter 3 budget report. MH seconded the
proposal, all agreed.