Financial Information

By scrolling down, you can refer to the following:-

  1. Precept and Budget
  2. Income and Expenditure
  3. Annual Return and Audits
  4. Donations
  5. Staff Costs
  6. Assets
  7. Councillor’s Allowances & Expenses
  8. Financial Regulations

 

1. PRECEPT AND BUDGET 

Precept: The Community Council finances its activities from part of the council tax (the precept) paid by households in Llansteffan and Llanybri Wards.

The Council approved its precept for the financial year 2015/16 at £20,000. This precept amounted to 69 pence per week (£36.05 per year) for a Band D household (house value £91,001 to £123,000).

The Council has retained its precept for the financial year 2016/17 at £20,000. This precept amounts to  68 pence per week (£35.67 per year) for a Band D household (house value £91,001 to £123,000).

Budget: The Council considers and approves its Annual Budget and Precept at the January meeting.

The approved Annual Budget for 2015/16 can be found here.

The approved Annual Budget for 2016/17 can be found here.

2. INCOME AND EXPENDITURE

The Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer keeps detailed Income and Expenditure records for every financial year. All approved expenditure is listed in the Minutes of the monthly Council meetings.

3. ANNUAL RETURN AND AUDITS

The audit of the Council’s accounts for the year ended 31 March 2015 has been concluded. You can see a copy of the Annual Return, including the internal and external auditor’s certificates, here.

The audit of the Council’s accounts for the year ended 31 March 2016 has been concluded. You can see a copy of the Annual Return, including the internal and external auditor’s certificates, here.

The Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2015-16 can be found here.

4. DONATIONS

You can see a list of donations made by the Council under Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 in 2014 and 2015 here. Donations are generally considered at the February meeting. The Council’s Application Form for Financial Requests can be found here (English) and here (Welsh).

Section 137 permits a local council to spend on activities for which it has no other specific powers if the council considers that the expenditure is in the interests of and will bring direct benefit to its area or any part of it or all of some of its inhabitants, providing the benefit is commensurate with the expenditure. Councils are also permitted to incur expenditure for certain charitable purposes.

For 2014/15, Welsh Government calculated the maximum expenditure that could be incurred to be £7.20 per elector. There were 766 electors in Llansteffan and Llanybri Wards listed in the Dec 2014 Register: 766 x £7.20 = £5,515.20. However, the Council approved a maximum allocation of £1,000 for donations in the 2014/15 budget.

5. STAFF COSTS

Total staff costs for each month are shown in the Expenditure Records and Minutes and total annual staff costs are listed in the Annual Return (above).

The Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer is paid according to the scales agreed by the National Joint Council. In January 2015, the Council increased the paid contractual hours of the Clerk to fifteen hours per week. The Council also employs two part-time grounds maintenance staff at Morfa Playground Llansteffan and Hen Gapel Llanybri.

6. ASSETS

You can see a list of Council assets here.

7. COUNCILLOR’S EXPENSES

Our community councillors are unpaid and receive no allowances, although travel and subsistence expenses can be reimbursed. The Chair can claim a small annual allowance for meeting his/her expenses as Chair.

Section 151 of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 requires that local councils must publish the remuneration received by councillors on an annual basis. This information must appear on the Council website and notice boards, as well as being submitted to the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales by 30th September.

ACCESS TO INFORMATION – MEMBER’S PAYMENTS 2014-15 and 2015-16

Councillor’s Expenses & Consumables             £0.00

Councillor’s Travel Costs                                        £0.00

Councillor’s Subsistence Expenses                   £0.00

Councillor’s Attendance Allowance                   £0.00

Councillor’s Financial Loss Allowance              £0.00

Chairman’s Allowance                                         £100.00

8. FINANCIAL REGULATIONS

The Council’s Financial Regulations were approved and adopted on 19th October 2015 and can be found here.

If you have any questions about the Council’s finances, please contact us.