HAWKCHURCH PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk to the Council:
Mr John Vanderwolfe FILCM Chartered MCIPD, MCMI
5 Halletts Way
Minutes of the Council Meeting held on Zoom on Tuesday 16th March 2021
Present: Cllr’s R Churchill (Chairman), T Greenshields, S Bartlett and J Baker
In Attendance: The Clerk (Mr J Vanderwolfe)
Apologies were received from Cllr’s D Searle, R Fox and Dr A Nolan. These apologies were accepted. Apologies noted form the county and district councillors.
325 Public Question Time
No members of the public wished to speak under this facility.
326 Declarations of Interest under the Code of Conduct
No Declarations of Interest were made at this stage of the meeting.
The Minutes of the meeting held on the 23rd February 2021, having been previously circulated, were adopted as a true record.
328 Matters Arising
329 County Council Report
An extract of the report is included below
Financial targets are set for all the areas of activity that are undertaken by the County Council. Day-to-day expenditure and income are referred to as revenue and investment in assets is referred to as capital.
Elected members approve all budgets of the Authority and throughout the year monitoring of expenditure and income is undertaken to ensure that spending remains under control.
The funding for the budget currently comes from several sources including Council Tax, business rates and government grants, fees and charges.
The 2021/22 Budget is set in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic. The virus has had a devastating impact on public health, social care, the NHS and the economy. The national response has cost billions of pounds and has seen national debt rise to over £2 trillion; levels not seen since the last world war.
In November the Chancellor announced a Government Spending Review (SR2020); it had been hoped that it would be a multi-year spending review, but this was not the case. The one-year spending review was followed in December with a one-year provisional settlement. Whilst not a generous settlement, it is better than it might have been in the current economic climate and has allowed the authority to set a balanced budget with only modest savings being required.
Whilst not a generous settlement, it is better than it might have been in the current economic climate and has allowed the authority to set a balanced budget with only modest savings being required. On the 4th February 2021, the Secretary of State for the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt. Hon. Robert Jenrick MP, made a written statement to Parliament on the Final Local Government Finance Settlement 2021/22.
(The 2021/22 local government finance settlement is for one year only and is based on the Spending Round 2020 (SR20). The Final Settlement is £103.2 million. The main points are set out below:
• Council Tax – As previously announced at Spending Round 2020, the council tax referendum limit will be 2% for local authorities with social care authorities allowed a 3% social care precept. The settlement confirmed districts will be allowed to apply the higher of the referendum limit or £5; The 2021/22 Band D Council Tax is increased by 4.99% to £1511.28 per household
330 District Council Report
331 Accounts for Payment
Members approved the following payments: EDF £36.04, J Vanderwolfe £90.00 and HMRC PAYE £173.80.
332 Financial Update
Members agreed the financial update which had been circulated to them prior to the meeting. The total financial assets at the 9th March 2021 stood at £36,312.78
333 Annual Business Risk Assessment
The Council is required to assess the risk to the organisation prior to the end of the financial year. Members felt that there were good systems in place to ensure, as far as reasonably possible, the protection of the business against risk
334 Highways and Rights of Way
Cllr T Greenshields had reported that South West Water had contacted him regarding a leak by the sewage works entrance stating that this matter would be dealt with as soon as possible. This leak was causing problems to Furzehill.
335 Planning Applications
There were no planning applications to discuss
The application for a greenhouse at the Cider House had been approved.
Relevant correspondence is emailed to members on a regular basis, and there was no correspondence that was required to be brought to the attention of this meeting.
338 Items of Urgency
339 Next Meeting
Tuesday 20th April at 7pm. This meeting will be a virtual meeting.
NB due to the death of HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, the meeting had to be cancelled as agendas cannot be sent out during the mourning period.
Next meeting Wednesday 5th May 7pm via Zoom