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Trotton with Chithurst parish council

Serving the people of Trotton and Chithurst

Parish Clerk: Mr Neil Ryder
Steps, Trotton, West Sussex
GU31 5EP

Tel: 0203 021 3383

Financial information

The council is financed mainly by a "precept" collected with the rates by the Chichester district council (CDC), although it sometimes also receives small grants and other income (eg a £250 grant for the Queen's birthday memorial in 2016). Towards the end of every year, the council draws up budgets and calculates how much money it needs for the next financial year (starting on 1st April). We then submit a request to Chichester in January and CDC works with the West Sussex county council, the police and its own departments and calculate the overall rate to be paid by each ratepayer. You can see our latest budgets below and you will see that we have asked for a precept of £3,000 for 2017-18 (the same as for 2016-17) - which amounts to roughly £1 per month for each resident. Our aim is to provide the services for which we are responsible as efficiently as possible and we are always happy to hear suggestions from residents.

The council's "Responsible financial officer" supervises all financial matters but day-to-day payments and receipts are handled by the clerk, who reports to the council at its bi-monthly meetings on the latest expenditure and updates the budget. Any resident can attend these meetings and ask questions about finance - or anything else.

We also have to submit an annual return to the government, reporting our income & expenditure and reporting on our governance - see below.

Budget / expenditure

You can see our recent budgets, and the one for the current year, in the document store here. We try to keep this updated but you are welcome to contact the clerk with any comments, questions or suggestions. As an indication of how we are progressing in the current year, our table of expenditure to date is shown below:

Expenditure - year to date

Date paid

Payee

Details

Amount

3 May

Came & Co

Insurance

276.49

4 May

Chichester DC

Election expenses

141.80

24 Jun

Assoc of Local Councils

Annual subscription

100.72

27 Jul

Cedarwood Joinery

Bus shelter bench (repaid by Queen's birthday grant)

300

24 Oct

2commune

Website setup & yr 1 hosting

600

25 Oct

Assoc of local councils

New clerk's training course

90

10 Oct

F Swansborough

Grass cutting: Chithurst cemetry

245

Latest annual return

Scans of our recent annual returns (including the annual governance statement and external audit certificate) are in the document store - you can see all of them here

Assets

The council's only assets are a small triangle of grass verge in Mill Lane (not valued) and the following:

Date acquired

Item

Price

Expected life

9 Feb 2013

Defibrillator in Mill Lane phone box

2,010.00

10

12 May 2014

Laptop computer

466.66

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