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Budget Statement 2023-24

At the end of every year, Uplyme Parish Council is already looking to the year ahead and planning the projects they will embark on, and how much those are likely to cost. However, the Council are very aware of the cost of living pressures facing Uplyme residents at the moment and for the forthcoming year.

The Parish Council is required by law to prepare a budget in order to calculate its precept requirement. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, ‘precept’ is how much we ask households to pay in the form of Council tax. The Parish Council is keen to provide local services for Uplyme residents, as their first tier of Local Government. Its aim is always to provide value for money for the Council Taxpayer in serving the needs of the community of Uplyme.

On the 11 January 2023, the Council determined the full value of its 2023-24 budget that contains net spending plans to a total of £58,397. Council reserves and income from the Cemetery are being utilised to finance the extra expenditure and, therefore, a Precept request of £51,515 has been made to East Devon District Council. That means that the amount you pay in Council tax to Uplyme Parish Council will remain the same as 2022-23 and there will be no increase to any Council tax bands requested by the Parish Council.

Budget items for 2023-24

Your annual Council Tax charge is built up by the annual charges of Devon County Council, Uplyme Parish Council, the Fire Authority and the Police and Crime Commissioner. The Council Tax charge relating to Uplyme Parish Council for 2023-24 will be £58.34 per annum per Band D equivalent household, which represents no increase on the 2022-23 charges.

The following services are provided by the Parish Council and are included within the Parish Council’s 2023-24 budget:

• Acting as the first tier of Local Government influence on all matters affecting Uplyme and its community well being

• A dedicated Parish Lengthsman

• The Playground on King George V field

• Maintenance of Millennium Copse, Stafford Mount, the Cemetery and verges

• Funding the Christmas lights

• Parish centre services – Planters, litter/dog waste bins and signage

• Grants to voluntary clubs and organisations

• Noticeboards

• Highways projects in the parish

• Flood and winter resilience

• Community networking – our Councillors are elected to represent the Parish Council on groups and organisations in the Parish

We have a number of exciting projects planned which will enhance and improve the parish and we encourage residents to join us at our monthly Parish meeting (which takes place every second Wednesday of the month) to find out more about these and other issues affecting our residents.

Budget and Precept 2023-24

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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Payments/Income

Monthly financial statements

For a more up-to-date picture of Council finances, there is always an opportunity to view these at each Council meeting, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The previous month’s actual Parish Council spend can be seen on the minutes of each Full Council meeting (Internal Audit Accounts & Audit Regulations 2003 reg 2) with the forecast of the following months payments also (LGA 1972 s150 (5)).

How the finances are monitored

The accounts are audited by the Council’s Internal Auditor, and then by a government-appointed external auditor. In addition, the cashbook, invoices and monthly bank reconciliations prepared by the Clerk are checked by a Councillor each month, and the bank reconciliations are presented to the Council at every meeting.