Town and Community Councils are funded principally by an annual precept. Income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of detailed budget forecasting.
The precept is included with resident’s council tax which is collected by the County Council and paid to the Community Council in three instalments. Community and Town Councils can apply for other funding such as grant and funding awards, but they do not receive funds directly from central government. The Community Council derives almost all of its funds from its precept. This is an additional amount shown on your council tax bill which is added to the Flintshire County Council Tax and the Police and Crime Commissioner tax. Higher Kinnerton precept accounts for 2.26% of a typical band D Council Tax bill as shown in the chart.
The Community Council also works on a 5-year budget and forecast plan to give clarity and control of the money we receive and spend on behalf of residents. The budget is divided into three main areas:
- Commerce, this covers items such as our clerk’s salary, utility bills, audit expenses and members training costs.
- Community, this covers the cost of village events, donations to village organisations and our community projects.
- Communication, this covers the costs of our newsletter and on-line communication platform. The Community Council also builds in a contingency to cover any unforeseen expenditure.
This method of budgeting allows us to look at projects we wish to pursue and in which year they can be best afforded without causing significant rises to our precept.
Higher Kinnerton Community Council agreed its 2018/19 budget at the January meeting providing for future investment in the village.
For the financial year 2018/19 the Community Council estimates that it would need to spend £31,796. Of this amount, £28,000 will be made up from the precept and the remainder from other sources of income including our reserves.
Although the precept agreed is slightly higher than previous years resulting in a £1 per annum increase (3%) per household, apart from charitable donations all of the precept is spent within the community. In 2018, legislation has been introduced to award £150 to each Community Council member to cover out of pocket expenses such as phone calls, printing and attendance at meetings other than Community Council meetings. This has been added to the budget and in this financial year will be funded via budget savings and our reserves.
Key Initiatives we look to fund in the financial year 2018/9 over and above our ongoing budget programme include:
- Outdoor Gym area to be installed on Main Road Recreation Ground – 5 pieces of equipment on a purpose-built area
- Continued Development of Community Bus Scheme for young and older residents.
- Parking restrictions to be introduced outside school and adjacent key junctions
- Continued Village Centre development on Bennett’s Lane Corner.
Since 2015 it has been a requirement for all community councils to publish their audited statement of the council’s accounts ‘online’. These details can be found below plus some useful guidance on the types of income sourced and expenditure undertaken the Community Council.