Meeting of the Finance Committee on 26 July 2023

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF CHOPPINGTON PARISH COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE HELD ON WEDNESDAY 26 JULY 2023 IN THE PARISH COUNCIL OFFICES

THOSE ATTENDING:

Cllr K Burn
Cllr G Huntley
Cllr A Iley
Cllr J Rowell (Chair)
Cllr P S Vaughan
Cllr L Watson

IN ATTENDANCE:

Mrs A Brindley Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer, Mr D Iley Finance Officer

AGENDA PART 1

F001/23 1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

The following apologies were received: Cllr J Foster (family commitment), Cllr H Allsopp and Cllr A Hart Foster (out of the area). The meeting agreed that these were proper reasons for absence.

F002/23 2. MEMBERS DECLARATION OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY AND OTHER REGISTERABLE INTEREST(S).

No declarations were made.

F003/23 3. PUBLIC QUESTIONS.

There were no questions from the public

F004/23 4. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN TO SERVE FOR THE COUNCIL YEAR 2023/24.

Cllr J Rowell was duly moved, seconded and elected to serve as Chairman of the Finance Committee for the ensuing year.

F005/23 5. ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN TO SERVE FOR THE COUNCIL YEAR 2023/4.

Cllr H Allsopp was duly moved, seconded and elected to serve as Vice-Chairman of the Finance Committee for the ensuing year.

F006/22 6. MINUTES OF THE FINANCE MEETING OF 19 APRIL 2023.

Agreed them as a true record

F007/23 7. MATTERS ARISING

There were no matters arising.

F008/23 8. TERMS OF REFERENCE

Members agreed the terms of reference

F009/23 9. FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE TO THE END OF THE FINANCIAL QUARTER.

The Parish Clerk reported on expenditure and income undertaken during the first financial quarter. 2 quotations were presented for approval.  Repair to climber at Liddells field £2468.40 and mesh panels for vandalised shelter at Johnson Villas, £1546.00

RESOLVED: Members thanked the officers for their report and approved the acceptance of the quotations.

AGENDA – PART 2.
Members considered under Standing Order 3, that in view of the special and confidential nature of the business to be transacted, it was advisable in the public interest that the press and public be excluded and asked to withdraw.

There were no items for agenda part 2

There being no further business the meeting closed at 10.55am

Signed by the Chairman: ……………………………………………. Date: …………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF CHOPPINGTON PARISH COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE HELD ON WEDNESDAY 19 APRIL 2023 IN THE PARISH COUNCIL OFFICES

THOSE ATTENDING:

Cllr H Allsopp
Cllr K Burn
Cllr A Iley
Cllr G Huntley
Cllr J Rowell (Chair)
Cllr P S Vaughan

IN ATTENDANCE:

Mrs A Brindley Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer, Mr D L Nicholson Deputy Parish Clerk, Mr D Iley Finance Officer

AGENDA PART 1

F012/22 1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

The following apologies were received: Cllr J Foster (Illness), Cllr L Watson (medical appointment). The meeting agreed that these were proper reasons for absence.

F013/22 2. MEMBERS DECLARATION OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY AND
OTHER REGISTERABLE INTEREST(S).

Cllrs H Allsopp, A Iley, G Huntley and P S Vaughan indicated that they had a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 9

F014/22 3. PUBLIC QUESTIONS

There were no questions from the public

F015/22 4. MINUTES OF THE FINANCE MEETING OF 20 JULY 2022

Members noted that the minutes had been reported directly to the Parish Council, and agreed them as a true record.

F016/22 5. MATTERS ARISING

No matters arising

F017/22 6. CONSIDERATION OF FINANCIAL OUTTURN 2022-23

Members received the financial outturn report by the Parish Council, noting that the cash balance was reduced from the year 2021-22. The Parish Clerk/RFO explained that year end had not been finalized but identified that expenditure this year included purchases of litter bins, 6 bus shelters and spares, and the replacement of office photocopiers.

F018/22 7. CONSIDERATION OF EARMARKED BALANCES FOR 2023-24

Members received the information regarding earmarked balances, noting that the Council has identified £100,000 as the contribution to Cleaswell Park refurbishment, although it was expected that grants could be obtained towards the cost.

F019/22 8. THE REVISON OF FINANCIAL REGULATONS

Members considered the revision of financial regulations relating to the payment of invoices directly though the bank.

RESOLVED: Members approved the revision of Financial Regulations to be reported to the Parish Council

F020/22 9. TO CONSIDER A FINANCIAL ADDENDUM TO PARTNERSHIP
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

The Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer explained the Council has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with each strategic partner The MoU with Stakeford and Bomarsund Sport and Social Welfare Centre requires an addendum to guide both the Parish Council and Welfare on financial matters governing areas of joint funding. This addendum will advance financial principles associated with all partnerships covered by MoU.

The Parish Clerk and the Secretary of the Welfare had prepared a joint draft guidance for consideration by the Finance committee. Cllrs P Vaughan, H Allsopp, A Iley and G Huntley who are Trustees appointed by Northumberland County Council to Stakeford and Bomarsund Welfare declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item. With 4 of the 6 members in attendance declaring an interest, the meeting agreed to this item being decided at the next meeting of the Parish Council.

Items of shared funding, made under delegated powers was reported for information by the Clerk.

• The payment of soft furnishings towards the ‘warm room’ scheme
• The shared cost of electricity charges
• The shared cost towards upgrade to sustainable lighting

RESOLVED: Members thanked the officers for their report and noted the delegated expenditure.

AGENDA – PART 2.

Members considered under Standing Order 3, that in view of the special and confidential nature of the business to be transacted, it was advisable in the public interest that the press and public be excluded and asked to withdraw.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 11.10 am

Signed by the Chairman: ……………………………………………. Date: …………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda Item 8
Choppington Parish Council

Terms of reference

Finance Committee

1. Committee: The Finance Committee is constituted as a committee of the Council.

2. Membership: All Councillors can be members with a minimum of 5 Councillors and will include the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council.

The quorum shall be 3 members of the Committee.

3. The Chairman (and Vice Chairman) will be elected at the first meeting of the Finance Committee following the Annual Meeting of Choppington Parish Council.

4. The Committee will meet as the workload requires, with a minimum of 3 working days’ notice given unless an extraordinary meeting is required, subject to legal requirements.

5. Purpose: To oversee the Council’s financial affairs in accordance with legislative requirements, regulations and guidelines including:

i. Monitoring of income and expenditure during the financial year and where appropriate recommending actions to the Parish Council.

ii. Review of the Council’s accounting practices and systems.

iii. Preparation of annual budget and precept for recommendation to Parish Council.

iv. Review of earmarked balances including repair and replacement programme.

v. Review insurance cover

vi. Review financial regulations and make recommendations to Parish Council.

vii. Receive internal and external audit reports and arrange implementation of recommendations.

Item 9 Income and Expenditure by Budget as at end June 2023

Income %
Budget              Actual  £                    Variance  £           Resource Available %     Note
Precept                             435,889            217,945                       211,597                             49
Partnership                          8,030               17,869                        -9,839                        -123                              1
interest                                     896                 3,372                            -391                          -44                              2
Neighbourhood plan          6,000                0                                 6,000                          100
Misc income                            0                    11,880                    –  11,800                              0                              3
Total                                 450,815              251,066                     195,567

Expenditure

Staffing costs                175,299             27,174                         148,125                              84                               4
Office Costs                    13,934                3,376                          10,558                              76
Members Costs              10,906                1,740                           9,166                               84
Fees And Charges          18,328                5,146                         13,182                               72
Contingencies/mis exp 17,500                2,040                        15,460                              88
Contracts                           4,900                    0                              4,900                             100
Local Service Delivery 83,073                     0                            83,073                             100
Allotment Expenses        1,250                   485                               765                                61
Community Services       9,443                   162                            9,281                               98
Grants and donations     9,000                   0                               9,000                             100                             5
Sport in the community 20,860            4,916                          15,944                                76
Youth Provision               13,250                 178                         13,072                                99

Total
Earmarked projects & repair 73,072      5,262                         67,810

450,815                50,479                     400,336

Note
1 Includes Cllr Foster MLIS funding for interactive signs £10,436
2 Interest from savings account has exceeded expectations
3 insurance claim for bus shelter
4 One month short in actual
5 Budget includes £6000 for neighbourhood planning