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Matterdale Parish Council    -----   Draft Budget for year to 31st March 2021

For notes, see over      Budget y/e 31/03/21               Budget y/e 31/03/20

Receipts                                                                                        

Annual Precept proposed             £4,000.00                                £4,500.00

Rural support addition                     £-------                                    £10.00                      

Total                                                   £4,000.00                               £4,510.00

Expenditure  

Election expenses                             nil                                            £70.00

Clerk's Salary                                   £1,4501                                  £1,450.001

Clerk's Expenses                                                                              £200.00

Meeting fees                                     £120                                       £120.00

CALC subscription                             £175                                       £180.00

Insurance                                           £300                                       £300.00

Donation (Air Ambulance)              £100                                       £100.00

Grass Cutting                                    £400                                       £500.00

Repairs/Maintenance                       ------                                        £600.00

Accountant's Fees                             £400                                       £500.00

Audit Fee                                            £100                                       £200.00                    

Website expenses                             £80                                         £80.00

Publications                                       £30                                         £15.00

Data Registration Fee                       £40                                         £40.00

Total of above expenditure              £3,395                                   £4,355.00

 

  1. In calculating the part of the Clerk’s salary which falls onto Parish Council as such, I have used the proportion (2/5ths). This assumes that Matterdale School Foundation will bear 2/5ths and the Recreation Fund 1/5th.

  2. I have continued the practice of keeping the Recreation Fund out of the annualbudget. Matterdale School Foundation income and expenses are also outside this budget. For those funds, a budget is not useful at this stage, as it is premature to budget for the projected expense of a new Community/Education building

  3. The budget assumes that costs of replacing the Matterdale Village Hall will be borne by the Recreation Fund and/or the School Foundation.

  4. It is assumed that any costs associated with broadband improvements will not fall on the Parish Council.

  5. The Parish Council reserve at 31st March 2019 was £2,611.56.

David L Brown-Responsible Financial Officer -28th October2019

Matterdale Parish Council      Schedule of Expenditure – Transactions over £100 (excluding recoverable VAT) 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Clerk's Salary (gross)                                                                  £2,608.86

CALC subscription                                                                      £165.00                                 

Insurance                                                                                     £270.67                                  

Audit Fee                                                                                      £450.00                                 

Grass Cutting                                                                               £405.00

Legal Advice                                                                                 £102.00

 

NOTE This schedule is prepared to satisfy the requirements of paragraph 13 of the “Transparency code for smaller authorities” published in December 2014 by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It is required to be published on the Parish Council website.

MODEL STANDING

ORDERS 2018

(ENGLAND)

 

 

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© NALC 2018. All rights are reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used for commercial purposes without the written permission of NALC save that councils in membership of NALC have permission to edit and use  the model standing orders in this publication for their governance purposes.

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INTRODUCTION. 4

1.    RULES OF DEBATE AT MEETINGS. 6

2.    DISORDERLY CONDUCT AT MEETINGS. 8

3.    MEETINGS GENERALLY. 8

4.    COMMITTEES AND SUB-COMMITTEES. 11

5.    ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETINGS. 12

6.    EXTRAORDINARY MEETINGS OF THE COUNCIL, COMMITTEES AND SUB-COMMITTEES  14

7.    PREVIOUS RESOLUTIONS. 14

8.    VOTING ON APPOINTMENTS. 15

9.    MOTIONS FOR A MEETING THAT REQUIRE WRITTEN NOTICE TO BE GIVEN TO THE PROPER OFFICER  15

10.  MOTIONS AT A MEETING THAT DO NOT REQUIRE WRITTEN NOTICE. 16

11.  MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION. 16

12.  DRAFT MINUTES. 17

13.  CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISPENSATIONS. 18

14.  CODE OF CONDUCT COMPLAINTS. 19

15.  PROPER OFFICER. 19

16.  RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER. 21

17.  ACCOUNTS AND ACCOUNTING STATEMENTS. 21

18.  FINANCIAL CONTROLS AND PROCUREMENT. 22

19.  HANDLING STAFF MATTERS. 24

20.  RESPONSIBILITIES TO PROVIDE INFORMATION. 25

21.  RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER DATA PROTECTION LEGISLATION. 25

22.  RELATIONS WITH THE PRESS/MEDIA. 26

23.  EXECUTION AND SEALING OF LEGAL DEEDS. 26

24.  COMMUNICATING WITH DISTRICT AND COUNTY OR UNITARY COUNCILLORS. 26

25.  RESTRICTIONS ON COUNCILLOR ACTIVITIES. 27

26.  STANDING ORDERS GENERALLY. 27

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

These model standing orders update the National Association of Local Council (NALC) model standing orders contained in “Local Councils Explained” by Meera Tharmarajah (© 2013 NALC). This publication contains new model standing orders which reference new legislation introduced after 2013 when the last model standing orders were published.

 

HOW TO USE MODEL STANDING ORDERS

 

Standing orders are the written rules of a local council. Standing orders are essential to regulate the proceedings of a meeting. A council may also use standing orders to confirm or refer to various internal organisational and administrative arrangements. The standing orders of a council are not the same as the policies of a council but standing orders may refer to them.

Local councils operate within a wide statutory framework. NALC model standing orders incorporate and reference many statutory requirements to which councils are subject. It is not possible for the model standing orders to contain or reference all the statutory or legal requirements which apply to local councils. For example, it is not practical for model standing orders to document all obligations under data protection legislation. The statutory requirements to which a council is subject apply whether or not they are incorporated in a council’s standing orders.

The model standing orders do not include model financial regulations. Financial regulations are standing orders to regulate and control the financial affairs and accounting procedures of a local council. The financial regulations, as opposed to the standing orders of a council, include most of the requirements relevant to the council’s Responsible Financial Officer. Model financial regulations are available to councils in membership of NALC.

 

DRAFTING NOTES

 

Model standing orders that are in bold type contain legal and statutory requirements. It is recommended that councils adopt them without changing them or their meaning. Model standing orders not in bold are designed to help councils operate effectively but they do not contain statutory requirements so they may be adopted as drafted or amended to suit a council’s needs. It is NALC’s view that all model standing orders will generally be suitable for councils.

For convenience, the word “councillor” is used in model standing orders and, unless the context suggests otherwise, includes a non-councillor with or without voting rights.

A model standing order that includes brackets like this ‘(   )’ requires information to be inserted by a council. A model standing order that includes brackets like this ‘[  ]’ and the term ‘OR’ provides alternative options for a council to choose from when determining standing orders.

 

STANDING ORDERS FOR MATTERDALE PARISH COUNCIL adopted at the Annual Meeting on 14th May 2018

 

 

1.                                  RULES OF DEBATE AT MEETINGS

 

  • Motions on the agenda shall be considered in the order that they appear unless the order is changed at the discretion of the chairman of the meeting.

  • A motion (including an amendment) shall not be progressed unless it has been moved and seconded.

  • A motion on the agenda that is not moved by its proposer may be treated by the chairman of the meeting as withdrawn.

  • If a motion (including an amendment) has been seconded, it may be withdrawn by the proposer only with the consent of the seconder and the meeting.

  • An amendment is a proposal to remove or add words to a motion. It shall not negate the motion.

  • If an amendment to the original motion is carried, the original motion (as amended) becomes the substantive motion upon which further amendment(s) may be moved.

  • An amendment shall not be considered unless early verbal notice of it is given at the meeting and, if requested by the chairman of the meeting, is expressed in writing to the chairman.

  • A councillor may move an amendment to his own motion if agreed by the meeting. If a motion has already been seconded, the amendment shall be with the consent of the seconder and the meeting.

  • If there is more than one amendment to an original or substantive motion, the amendments shall be moved in the order directed by the chairman of the meeting.

  • Subject to standing order 1(k), only one amendment shall be moved and debated at a time, the order of which shall be directed by the chairman of the meeting.

  • One or more amendments may be discussed together if the chairman of the meeting considers this expedient but each amendment shall be voted upon separately.

  • A councillor may not move more than one amendment to an original or substantive motion.

  • The mover of an amendment has no right of reply at the end of debate on it.

  • Where a series of amendments to an original motion are carried, the mover of the original motion shall have a right of reply either at the end of debate on the first amendment or at the very end of debate on the final substantive motion immediately before it is put to the vote.

  • Unless permitted by the chairman of the meeting, a councillor may speak once in the debate on a motion except:

  • to speak on an amendment moved by another councillor;

  • to move or speak on another amendment if the motion has been amended since he last spoke;

  • to make a point of order;

  • to give a personal explanation; or

  • to exercise a right of reply.

  • During the debate on a motion, a councillor may interrupt only on a point of order or a personal explanation and the councillor who was interrupted shall stop speaking. A councillor raising a point of order shall identify the standing order which he considers has been breached or specify the other irregularity in the proceedings of the meeting he is concerned by.

  • A point of order shall be decided by the chairman of the meeting and his decision shall be final.

  • When a motion is under debate, no other motion shall be moved except:

  • to amend the motion;

  • to proceed to the next business;

  • to adjourn the debate;

  • to put the motion to a vote;

  • to ask a person to be no longer heard or to leave the meeting;

  • to refer a motion to a committee or sub-committee for consideration;

  • to exclude the public and press;

  • to adjourn the meeting; or

  • to suspend particular standing order(s) excepting those which reflect mandatory statutory or legal requirements.

  • Before an original or substantive motion is put to the vote, the chairman of the meeting shall be satisfied that the motion has been sufficiently debated and that the mover of the motion under debate has exercised or waived his right of reply.

  • Excluding motions moved under standing order 1(r), the contributions or speeches by a councillor shall relate only to the motion under discussion and shall not exceed five minutes without the consent of the chairman of the meeting.

2.                                  DISORDERLY CONDUCT AT MEETINGS

 

  • No person shall obstruct the transaction of business at a meeting or behave offensively or improperly. If this standing order is ignored, the chairman of the meeting shall request such person(s) to moderate or improve their conduct.

  • If person(s) disregard the request of the chairman of the meeting to moderate or improve their conduct, any councillor or the chairman of the meeting may move that the person be no longer heard or be excluded from the meeting. The motion, if seconded, shall be put to the vote without discussion.

  • If a resolution made under standing order 2(b) is ignored, the chairman of the meeting may take further reasonable steps to restore order or to progress the meeting. This may include temporarily suspending or closing the meeting.

 

3.                                  MEETINGS GENERALLY

 

Full Council meetings                   ●

Committee meetings                    ●

Sub-committee meetings             ●

 

  • Meetings shall not take place in premises which at the time of the meeting are used for the supply of alcohol, unless no other premises are available free of charge or at a reasonable cost.

 

  • The minimum three clear days for notice of a meeting does not include the day on which notice was issued, the day of the meeting, a Sunday, a day of the Christmas break, a day of the Easter break or of a bank holiday or a day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning.

  • The minimum three clear days’ public notice for a meeting does not include the day on which the notice was issued or the day of the meeting unless the meeting is convened at shorter notice.

  • Meetings shall be open to the public unless their presence is prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons. The public’s exclusion from part or all of a meeting shall be by a resolution which shall give reasons for the public’s exclusion.

 

  • At the discretion of the Chairman of the meeting,,members of the public may make representations, answer questions and give evidence at a meeting which they are entitled to attend in respect of the business on the agenda.

 

  • The period of time designated for public participation at a meeting in accordance with standing order 3(e) shall not exceed fifteen minutes unless directed by the chairman of the meeting.

 

  • Subject to standing order 3(f), a member of the public shall not speak for more than five minutes.

 

  • In accordance with standing order 3(e), a question shall not require a response at the meeting nor start a debate on the question. The chairman of the meeting may direct that a written or oral response be given.

 

  • The chairman of the meeting may at any time permit a person to be seated when speaking.

 

  • A person who speaks at a meeting shall direct his comments to the chairman of the meeting.

 

  • Only one person is permitted to speak at a time. If more than one person wants to speak, the chairman of the meeting shall direct the order of speaking.

  • Subject to standing order 3(m), a person who attends a meeting is permitted to report on the meeting whilst the meeting is open to the public. To “report” means to film, photograph, make an audio recording of meeting proceedings, use any other means for enabling persons not present to see or hear the meeting as it takes place or later or to report or to provide oral or written commentary about the meeting so that the report or commentary is available as the meeting takes place or later to persons not present.

  • A person present at a meeting may not provide an oral report or oral commentary about a meeting as it takes place without permission.   

  • The press shall be provided with reasonable facilities for the taking of their report of all or part of a meeting at which they are entitled to be present.

  • Subject to standing orders which indicate otherwise, anything authorised or required to be done by, to or before the Chairman of the Council may in his absence be done by, to or before the Vice-Chairman of the Council (if there is one).

  • The Chairman of the Council, if present, shall preside at a meeting. If the Chairman is absent from a meeting, the Vice-Chairman of the Council (if there is one) if present, shall preside. If both the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman are absent from a meeting, a councillor as chosen by the councillors present at the meeting shall preside at the meeting.

  • Subject to a meeting being quorate, all questions at a meeting shall be decided by a majority of the councillors and non-councillors with voting rights present and voting.

  • The chairman of a meeting may give an original vote on any matter put to the vote, and in the case of an equality of votes may exercise his casting vote whether or not he gave an original vote.

See standing orders 5(h) and (i) for the different rules that apply in the election of the Chairman of the Council at the annual meeting of the Council.

  • Unless standing orders provide otherwise, voting on a question shall be by a show of hands. At the request of a councillor, the voting on any question shall be recorded so as to show whether each councillor present and voting gave his vote for or against that question. Such a request shall be made before moving on to the next item of business on the agenda.

 

  • The minutes of a meeting shall include an accurate record of the following:

  • the time and place of the meeting;

  • the names of councillors who are present and the names of councillors who are absent;

  • interests that have been declared by councillors and non-councillors with voting rights;

  • the grant of dispensations (if any) to councillors and non-councillors with voting rights;

  • whether a councillor or non-councillor with voting rights left the meeting when matters that they held interests in were being considered;

  • if there was a public participation session; and

  • the resolutions made.

 

 

  • A councillor or a non-councillor with voting rights who has a disclosable pecuniary interest or another interest as set out in the Council’s code of conduct in a matter being considered at a meeting is subject to statutory limitations or restrictions under the code on his right to participate and vote on that matter.

 

 

  • No business may be transacted at a meeting unless at least one-third of the whole number of members of the Council are present and in no case shall the quorum of a meeting be less than three.

See standing order 4d(viii)  for the quorum of a committee or sub-committee meeting.

 

 

  • If a meeting is or becomes inquorate no business shall be transacted and the meeting shall be closed. The business on the agenda for the meeting shall be adjourned to another meeting.

 

  • A meeting shall not exceed a period of two hours, unless the chairman of the meeting(supported by a majority of councillors present) extends this period.

 

4.                                  COMMITTEES AND SUB-COMMITTEES

 

  • Unless the Council determines otherwise, a committee may appoint a sub-committee whose terms of reference and members shall be determined by the committee.

  • The members of a committee may include non-councillors unless it is a committee which regulates and controls the finances of the Council.

  • Unless the Council determines otherwise, all the members of an advisory committee and a sub-committee of the advisory committee may be non-councillors.

  • The Council may appoint standing committees or other committees as may be necessary, and:

  • shall determine their terms of reference;

  • shall determine the number and time of the ordinary meetings of a standing committee up until the date of the next annual meeting of the Council;

  • shall permit a committee, other than in respect of the ordinary meetings of a committee, to determine the number and time of its meetings;

  • shall, subject to standing orders 4(b) and (c), appoint and determine the terms of office of members of such a committee;

  • may, subject to standing orders 4(b) and (c), appoint and determine the terms of office of the substitute members to a committee whose role is to replace the ordinary members at a meeting of a committee if the ordinary members of the committee confirm to the Proper Officer seven days before the meeting that they are unable to attend;

  • shall, after it has appointed the members of a standing committee, appoint the chairman of the standing committee;

  • shall permit a committee other than a standing committee, to appoint its own chairman at the first meeting of the committee;

  • shall determine the place, notice requirements and quorum for a meeting of a committee and a sub-committee which, in both cases, shall be no less than three;

  • shall determine if the public may participate at a meeting of a committee;

  • shall determine if the public and press are permitted to attend the meetings of a sub-committee and also the advance public notice requirements, if any, required for the meetings of a sub-committee;

  • shall determine if the public may participate at a meeting of a sub-committee that they are permitted to attend; and

  • may dissolve a committee or a sub-committee.

 

5.                                  ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETINGS

 

  • In an election year, the annual meeting of the Council shall be held on or within 14 days following the day on which the councillors elected take office.

  • In a year which is not an election year, the annual meeting of the Council shall be held on such day in May as the Council decides.

  • If no other time is fixed, the annual meeting of the Council shall take place at 6pm.

  • In addition to the annual meeting of the Council, at least three other ordinary meetings shall be held in each year on such dates and times as the Council decides.

  • The first business conducted at the annual meeting of the Council shall be the election of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman (if there is one) of the Council.

  • The Chairman of the Council, unless he has resigned or becomes disqualified, shall continue in office and preside at the annual meeting until his successor is elected at the next annual meeting of the Council.

  • The Vice-Chairman of the Council, if there is one, unless he resigns or becomes disqualified, shall hold office until immediately after the election of the Chairman of the Council at the next annual meeting of the Council.

  • In an election year, if the current Chairman of the Council has not been re-elected as a member of the Council, he shall preside at the annual meeting until a successor Chairman of the Council has been elected. The current Chairman of the Council shall not have an original vote in respect of the election of the new Chairman of the Council but shall give a casting vote in the case of an equality of votes.

  • In an election year, if the current Chairman of the Council has been re-elected as a member of the Council, he shall preside at the annual meeting until a new Chairman of the Council has been elected. He may exercise an original vote in respect of the election of the new Chairman of the Council and shall give a casting vote in the case of an equality of votes.

  • Following the election of the Chairman of the Council and Vice-Chairman (if there is one) of the Council at the annual meeting, the business shall include:

    • In an election year, delivery by the Chairman of the Council and councillors of their acceptance of office forms unless the Council resolves for this to be done at a later date. In a year which is not an election year, delivery by the Chairman of the Council of his acceptance of office form unless the Council resolves for this to be done at a later date;

    • Confirmation of the accuracy of the minutes of the last meeting of the Council;

    • Receipt of the minutes of the last meeting of a committee;

    • Consideration of the recommendations made by a committee;

    • Review of delegation arrangements to committees, sub-committees, staff and other local authorities;

    • Review of the terms of reference for committees;

    • Appointment of members to existing committees;

    • Appointment of any new committees in accordance with standing order 4;

    • Review and adoption of appropriate standing orders and financial regulations;

    • Review of arrangements (including legal agreements) with other local authorities, not-for-profit bodies and businesses.

    • Review of representation on or work with external bodies and arrangements for reporting back;

    • In an election year, to make arrangements with a view to the Council becoming eligible to exercise the general power of competence in the future;

    • Review of inventory of land and other assets including buildings and office equipment;

    • Confirmation of arrangements for insurance cover in respect of all insurable risks;

    • Review of the Council’s and/or staff subscriptions to other bodies;

    • Review of the Council’s complaints procedure;

    • Review of the Council’s policies, procedures and practices in respect of its obligations under freedom of information and data protection legislation ();

    • Review of the Council’s policy for dealing with the press/media;

    • Review of the Council’s employment policies and procedures;

    • Review of the Council’s expenditure incurred under s.137 of the Local Government Act 1972 or the general power of competence.

    • Determining the time and place of ordinary meetings of the Council up to and including the next annual meeting of the Council.

The period (if any) for discussion of items (ii) – (xxi) above at the annual meeting shall be at the discretion of the Chairman.

 

6.                                  EXTRAORDINARY MEETINGS OF THE COUNCIL, COMMITTEES AND SUB-COMMITTEES

 

  • The Chairman of the Council may convene an extraordinary meeting of the Council at any time.

  • If the Chairman of the Council does not call an extraordinary meeting of the Council within seven days of having been requested in writing to do so by two councillors, any two councillors may convene an extraordinary meeting of the Council. The public notice giving the time, place and agenda for such a meeting shall be signed by the two councillors.

  • The chairman of a committee may convene an extraordinary meeting of the committee at any time.

  • If the chairman of a committee does not call an extraordinary meeting within seven days of having been requested to do so by two members of the committee , any twomembers of the committee may convene an extraordinary meeting of the committee .

 

7.                                  PREVIOUS RESOLUTIONS

 

  • A resolution shall not be reversed within six months except either by a special motion, which requires written notice by at leasttwo councillors to be given to the Proper Officer in accordance with standing order 9, or by a motion moved in pursuance of the recommendation of a committee or a sub-committee.

  • When a motion moved pursuant to standing order 7(a) has been disposed of, no similar motion may be moved for a further six months.

8.                                  VOTING ON APPOINTMENTS

 

  • Where more than two persons have been nominated for a position to be filled by the Council and none of those persons has received an absolute majority of votes in their favour, the name of the person having the least number of votes shall be struck off the list and a fresh vote taken. This process shall continue until a majority of votes is given in favour of one person. A tie in votes may be settled by the casting vote exercisable by the chairman of the meeting.

 

9.                                  MOTIONS FOR A MEETING THAT REQUIRE WRITTEN NOTICE TO BE GIVEN TO THE PROPER OFFICER

 

  • A motion shall relate to the responsibilities of the meeting for which it is tabled and in any event shall relate to the performance of the Council’s statutory functions, powers and obligations or an issue which specifically affects the Council’s area or its residents.

  • No motion may be moved at a meeting unless it is on the agenda and the mover has given written notice of its wording to the Proper Officer at leastfourteen clear days before the meeting. Clear days do not include the day of the notice or the day of the meeting.

  • The Proper Officer may, before including a motion on the agenda received in accordance with standing order 9(b), correct obvious grammatical or typographical errors in the wording of the motion.

  • If the Proper Officer considers the wording of a motion received in accordance with standing order 9(b) is not clear in meaning, the motion shall be rejected until the mover of the motion resubmits it, so that it can be understood, in writing, to the Proper Officer at least three clear days before the meeting.

  • If the wording or subject of a proposed motion is considered improper, the Proper Officer shall consult with the chairman of the forthcoming meeting or, as the case may be, the councillors who have convened the meeting, to consider whether the motion shall be included in the agenda or rejected.

  • The decision of the Proper Officer as to whether or not to include the motion on the agenda shall be final.

  • Motions received shall be recorded and numbered in the order that they are received.

  • Motions rejected shall be recorded with an explanation by the Proper Officer of the reason for rejection.

 

10.                            MOTIONS AT A MEETING THAT DO NOT REQUIRE WRITTEN NOTICE

 

  • The following motions may be moved at a meeting without written notice to the Proper Officer:

    • to correct an inaccuracy in the draft minutes of a meeting;

    • to move to a vote;

    • to defer consideration of a motion;

    • to refer a motion to a particular committee or sub-committee;

    • to appoint a person to preside at a meeting;

    • to change the order of business on the agenda;

    • to proceed to the next business on the agenda;

    • to require a written report;

    • to appoint a committee or sub-committee and their members;

    • to extend the time limits for speaking;

    • to exclude the press and public from a meeting in respect of confidential or other information which is prejudicial to the public interest;

    • to not hear further from a councillor or a member of the public;

    • to exclude a councillor or member of the public for disorderly conduct;

    • to temporarily suspend the meeting;

    • to suspend a particular standing order (unless it reflects mandatory statutory or legal requirements);

    • to adjourn the meeting; or

    • to close the meeting.

 

11.                            MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION

See also standing order 20.

 

  • The Council shall have in place and keep under review, technical and organisational measures to keep secure information (including personal data) which it holds in paper and electronic form. Such arrangements shall include deciding who has access to personal data and encryption of personal data.

  • The Council shall have in place, and keep under review, policies for the retention and safe destruction of all information (including personal data) which it holds in paper and electronic form. The Council’s retention policy shall confirm the period for which information (including personal data) shall be retained or if this is not possible the criteria used to determine that period (e.g. the Limitation Act 1980).

  • The agenda, papers that support the agenda and the minutes of a meeting shall not disclose or otherwise undermine confidential information or personal data without legal justification.

  • Councillors, staff, the Council’s contractors and agents shall not disclose confidential information or personal data without legal justification.

 

12.                            DRAFT MINUTES

 

Full Council meetings                   ●

Committee meetings                    ●

Sub-committee meetings             ●

 

 

  • If the draft minutes of a preceding meeting have been served on councillors with the agenda to attend the meeting at which they are due to be approved for accuracy, they shall be taken as read.

 

  • There shall be no discussion about the draft minutes of a preceding meeting except in relation to their accuracy. A motion to correct an inaccuracy in the draft minutes shall be moved in accordance with standing order 10(a)(i).

 

  • The accuracy of draft minutes, including any amendment(s) made to them, shall be confirmed by resolution and shall be signed by the chairman of the meeting and stand as an accurate record of the meeting to which the minutes relate.

 

  • If the chairman of the meeting does not consider the minutes to be an accurate record of the meeting to which they relate, he shall sign the minutes and include a paragraph in the following terms or to the same effect:

“The chairman of this meeting does not believe that the minutes of the meeting of the (   ) held on [date] in respect of (   ) were a correct record but his view was not upheld by the meeting and the minutes are confirmed as an accurate record of the proceedings.”

 

  • If the Council’s gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is higher) does not exceed £25,000, it shall publish draft minutes on a website which is publicly accessible and free of charge not later than one month after the meeting has taken place.

 

  • Subject to the publication of draft minutes in accordance with standing order 12(e) and standing order 20(a) and following a resolution which confirms the accuracy of the minutes of a meeting, the draft minutes or recordings of the meeting for which approved minutes exist shall be destroyed.

 

13.                            CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISPENSATIONS

See also standing order 3(u).

 

  • All councillors and non-councillors with voting rights shall observe the code of conduct adopted by the Council.

  • Unless he has been granted a dispensation, a councillor or non-councillor with voting rights shall withdraw from a meeting when it is considering a matter in which he has a disclosable pecuniary interest. He may return to the meeting after it has considered the matter in which he had the interest.

  • Unless he has been granted a dispensation, a councillor or non-councillor with voting rights shall withdraw from a meeting when it is considering a matter in which he has another interest if so required by the Council’s code of conduct. He may return to the meeting after it has considered the matter in which he had the interest.

  • Dispensation requests shall be in writing and submitted to the Proper Officer as soon as possible before the meeting, or failing that, at the start of the meeting for which the dispensation is required.

  • A decision as to whether to grant a dispensation shall be made by the Proper Officerand that decision is final, unless it is overturned at the meeting of the council or committee for which the dispensation is required.

  • A dispensation request shall confirm:

    • the description and the nature of the disclosable pecuniary interest or other interest to which the request for the dispensation relates;

    • whether the dispensation is required to participate at a meeting in a discussion only or a discussion and a vote;

    • the date of the meeting or the period (not exceeding four years) for which the dispensation is sought; and

    • an explanation as to why the dispensation is sought.

  • Subject to standing orders 13(d) and (f), a dispensation request shall be considered by the Proper Officer before the meeting or, if this is not possible, at the start of the meeting for which the dispensation is required.

  • A dispensation may be granted in accordance with standing order 13(e) if having regard to all relevant circumstances any of the following apply:

    • without the dispensation the number of persons prohibited from participating in the particular business would be so great a proportion of the meeting transacting the business as to impede the transaction of the business;

    • granting the dispensation is in the interests of persons living in the Council’s area; or

    • it is otherwise appropriate to grant a dispensation.

 

14.                            CODE OF CONDUCT COMPLAINTS

 

  • Upon notification by the District or Unitary Council that it is dealing with a complaint that a councillor or non-councillor with voting rights has breached the Council’s code of conduct, the Proper Officer shall, subject to standing order 11, report this to the Council.

  • Where the notification in standing order 14(a) relates to a complaint made by the Proper Officer, the Proper Officer shall notify the Chairman of Council of this fact, and the Chairman shall nominate a councillor or other suitable person to assume the duties of the Proper Officer in relation to the complaint until it has been determined and the Council has agreed what action, if any, to take in accordance with standing order 14(d).

  • The Council may:

    • provide information or evidence where such disclosure is necessary to investigate the complaint or is a legal requirement;

    • seek information relevant to the complaint from the person or body with statutory responsibility for investigation of the matter;

  • Upon notification by the District or Unitary Council that a councillor or non-councillor with voting rights has breached the Council’s code of conduct, the Council shall consider what, if any, action to take against him. Such action excludes disqualification or suspension from office.

 

15.                            PROPER OFFICER

 

  • The Proper Officer shall be either (i) the clerk or (ii) an other individual nominated by the Council (or in emergency by the chaiman) to undertake the work of the Proper Officer when the Proper Officer is absent.

  • The Proper Officer shall:

    • at least three clear days before a meeting of the council, a committee or a sub-committee,

  • serve on councillors by delivery or post at their residences or by email authenticated in such manner as the Proper Officer thinks fit, a signed summons confirming the time, place and the agenda (provided the councillor has consented to service by email), and

  • Provide, in a conspicuous place, public notice of the time, place and agenda (provided that the public notice with agenda of an extraordinary meeting of the Council convened by councillors is signed by them).

See standing order 3(b) for the meaning of clear days for a meeting of a full council and standing order 3(c) for the meaning of clear days for a meeting of a committee;

  • subject to standing order 9, include on the agenda all motions in the order received unless a councillor has given written notice at least seven days before the meeting confirming his withdrawal of it;

  • convene a meeting of the Council for the election of a new Chairman of the Council, occasioned by a casual vacancy in his office;

  • facilitate inspection of the minute book by local government electors;

  • receive and retain copies of byelaws made by other local authorities;

  • hold acceptance of office forms from councillors;

  • hold a copy of every councillor’s register of interests;

  • assist with responding to requests made under freedom of information legislation and rights exercisable under data protection legislation, in accordance with the Council’s relevant policies and procedures;

  • liaise, as appropriate, with the Council’s Data Protection Officer;

  • receive and send general correspondence and notices on behalf of the Council except where there is a resolution to the contrary;

  • assist in the organisation of, storage of, access to, security of and destruction of information held by the Council in paper and electronic form subject to the requirements of data protection and freedom of information legislation and other legitimate requirements (e.g. the Limitation Act 1980);

  • arrange for legal deeds to be executed;

(see also standing order 23);

  • arrange or manage the prompt authorisation, approval, and instruction regarding any payments to be made by the Council in accordance with its financial regulations;

  • record every planning application notified to the Council and the Council’s response to the local planning authority in a book for such purpose;

  • refer a planning application received by the Council to the Chairman or in his absence the Vice-Chairman (if there is one) of the Council or (if he thinks fit) the Chairman or in his absence Vice-Chairman (if there is one) of the relevant Planning Committee within two working days of receipt to facilitate an extraordinary meeting if the nature of a planning application requires consideration before the next ordinary meeting of the Council or the relevant Planning Committee;

  • manage access to information about the Council via the publication scheme; and

  • retain custody of the seal of the Council (if there is one) which shall not be used without a resolution to that effect.

(see also standing order 23).

 

16.                            RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER

 

  • The Council (or in emergency the chairman) shall appointappropriate individual to undertake the work of the Responsible Financial Officer when the Responsible Financial Officer is absent.

 

17.                            ACCOUNTS AND ACCOUNTING STATEMENTS

 

  • “Proper practices” in standing orders refer to the most recent version of “Governance and Accountability for Local Councils – a Practitioners’ Guide”.

  • All payments by the Council shall be authorised, approved and paid in accordance with the law, proper practices and the Council’s financial regulations.

  • If so required by any councillor, the Responsible Financial Officer shall supply to each councillor as soon as practicable after 30 June, 30 September and 31 December in each year a statement to summarise:

    • the Council’s receipts and payments (or income and expenditure) for each quarter;

    • the Council’s aggregate receipts and payments (or income and expenditure) for the year to date;

    • the balances held at the end of the quarter being reported and

which includes a comparison with the budget for the financial year and highlights any actual or potential overspends.

  • As soon as possible after the financial year end at 31 March, the Responsible Financial Officer shall provide:

    • each councillor with a statement summarising the Council’s receipts and payments (or income and expenditure) for the last quarter and the year to date for information; and

    • to the Council the accounting statements for the year in the form of Section 1 of the annual governance and accountability return, as required by proper practices, for consideration and approval.

  • The year-end accounting statements shall be prepared in accordance with proper practices and apply the form of accounts determined by the Council (receipts and payments, or income and expenditure) for the year to 31 March. A completed draft annual governance and accountability return shall be presented to all councillors at least seven days prior to anticipated approval by the Council. The annual governance and accountability return of the Council, which is subject to external audit, including the annual governance statement, shall be presented to the Council for consideration and formal approval before 30 June.

 

18.                            FINANCIAL CONTROLS AND PROCUREMENT

 

  • The Council shall consider and approve financial regulations drawn up by the Responsible Financial Officer, which shall include detailed arrangements in respect of the following:

  • the keeping of accounting records and systems of internal controls;

  • the assessment and management of financial risks faced by the Council;

  • the work of the independent internal auditor in accordance with proper practices and the receipt of regular reports from the internal auditor, which shall be required at least annually;

  • the inspection and copying by councillors and local electors of the Council’s accounts and/or orders of payments; and

  • whether contracts with an estimated value below due to special circumstances are exempt from a tendering process or procurement exercise.

  • Financial regulations shall be reviewed regularly and at least annually for fitness of purpose.

  • A public contract regulated by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 with an estimated value in excess of £25,000 but less than the relevant thresholds in standing order 18(f) is subject to Regulations 109-114 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 which include a requirement on the Council to advertise the contract opportunity on the Contracts Finder website regardless of what other means it uses to advertise the opportunity.

  • Subject to additional requirements in the financial regulations of the Council, the tender process for contracts for the supply of goods, materials, services or the execution of works shall include, as a minimum, the following steps:

  • a specification for the goods, materials, services or the execution of works shall be drawn up;

  • an invitation to tender shall be drawn up to confirm (i) the Council’s specification (ii) the time, date and address for the submission of tenders (iii) the date of the Council’s written response to the tender and (iv) the prohibition on prospective contractors contacting councillors or staff to encourage or support their tender outside the prescribed process;

  • the invitation to tender shall be advertised in a local newspaper and in any other manner that is appropriate;

  • tenders are to be submitted in writing in a sealed marked envelope addressed to the Proper Officer;

  • tenders shall be opened by the Proper Officer in the presence of at least one councillor after the deadline for submission of tenders has passed;

  • tenders are to be reported to and considered by the appropriate meeting of the Council or a committee or sub-committee with delegated responsibility.

  • Neither the Council, nor a committee or a sub-committee with delegated responsibility for considering tenders, is bound to accept the lowest value tender.

  • A public contract regulated by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 with an estimated value in excess of £181,302 for a public service or supply contract or in excess of £4,551,413 for a public works contract (or other thresholds determined by the European Commission every two years and published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU)) shall comply with the relevant procurement procedures and other requirements in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 which include advertising the contract opportunity on the Contracts Finder website and in OJEU.

  • A public contract in connection with the supply of gas, heat, electricity, drinking water, transport services, or postal services to the public; or the provision of a port or airport; or the exploration for or extraction of gas, oil or solid fuel with an estimated value in excess of £363,424 for a supply, services or design contract; or in excess of £4,551,413 for a works contract; or £820,370 for a social and other specific services contract (or other thresholds determined by the European Commission every two years and published in OJEU) shall comply with the relevant procurement procedures and other requirements in the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016.

 

19.                            HANDLING STAFF MATTERS

 

  • A matter personal to a member of staff that is being considered by a meeting of the Council or a committee is subject to standing order 11.

  • Subject to the Council’s policy regarding absences from work, the Council’s most senior member of staff shall notify the chairman of the Council and/or of the relevant committee, or, if he is not available, the vice-chairman (if there is one) of the Council or relevant committee of absence occasioned by illness or other reason and that person shall report such absence to the Council and/or the relevant committee at its next meeting.

  • The chairman of theCouncil (or in his absence, the vice-chairman) shall upon a resolution conduct a review of the performance and annual appraisal of the work of the member of staff’. The reviews and appraisal shall be reported in writing and are subject to approval by resolution by the Council or the relevant committee.

  • Subject to the Council’s policy regarding the handling of grievance matters, the Council’s most senior member of staffshall contact the chairman of the Council or in his absence, the vice-chairman of the Council in respect of an informal or formal grievance matter, and this matter shall be reported back and progressed by resolution of the Council.

  • Subject to the Council’s policy regarding the handling of grievance matters, if an informal or formal grievance matter raised by a member of staff’ relates to the chairman or vice-chairman of the Council or a relevant committee, this shall be communicated to another member of the Council or the relevant committee, which shall be reported back and progressed by resolution of the Council.

  • Any persons responsible for all or part of the management of staff shall treat as confidential the written records of all meetings relating to their performance, capabilities, grievance or disciplinary matters.

 

 

  • In accordance with standing order 11(a), persons with line management responsibilities shall have access to staff records referred to in standing order 19(f).

 

20.                            RESPONSIBILITIES TO PROVIDE INFORMATION

See also standing order 21.

 

  • In accordance with freedom of information legislation, the Council shall publish information in accordance with its publication scheme and respond to requests for information held by the Council.  

OR

[If gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) exceeds £200,000] The Council, shall publish information in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government (Transparency Requirements) (England) Regulations 2015.

 

21.                            RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER DATA PROTECTION LEGISLATION

(Below is not an exclusive list).

 

See also standing order 11.

 

  • The Council (if it thinks fit or it is a legal requirement) shall appoint a Data Protection Officer.

  • The Council shall have policies and procedures in place to respond to an individual exercising statutory rights concerning his personal data.

  • The Council shall have a written policy in place for responding to and managing a personal data breach.

  • The Council shall keep a record of all personal data breaches comprising the facts relating to the personal data breach, its effects and the remedial action taken.

  • The Council shall ensure that information communicated in its privacy notice(s) is in an easily accessible and available form and kept up to date.

  • The Council shall maintain a written record of its processing activities.

22.                            RELATIONS WITH THE PRESS/MEDIA

 

Requests from the press or other media for an oral or written comment or statement from the Council, its councillors or staff shall be handled in accordance with the Council’s policy in respect of dealing with the press and/or other media.

 

23.                            EXECUTION AND SEALING OF LEGAL DEEDS

See also standing orders 15(b)(xii) and (xvii).

 

  • A legal deed shall not be executed on behalf of the Council unless authorised by a resolution.

  • Subject to standing order 23(a), any two councillors may sign, on behalf of the Council, any deed required by law and the Proper Officer shall witness their signatures.

 

24.                            COMMUNICATING WITH DISTRICT AND COUNTY OR UNITARY COUNCILLORS

 

  • If the Council so requires an invitation to attend a meeting of the Council shall be sent, together with the agenda, to the ward councillor(s) of the District and County Council.

  • If the Council so requires, a copy of each letter sent to the District and County Council shall be sent to the ward councillor(s) representing the area of the Council.

 

 

 

25.                            RESTRICTIONS ON COUNCILLOR ACTIVITIES

 

  • Unless duly authorised no councillor shall:

  • inspect any land and/or premises which the Council has a right or duty to inspect; or

  • issue orders, instructions or directions.

 

26.                            STANDING ORDERS GENERALLY

 

  • All or part of a standing order, except one that incorporates mandatory statutory or legal requirements, may be suspended by resolution in relation to the consideration of an item on the agenda for a meeting.

  • A motion to add to or vary or revoke one or more of the Council’s standing orders, except one that incorporates mandatory statutory or legal requirements, shall be proposed by a special motion, the written notice by at least two councillors to be given to the Proper Officer in accordance with standing order 9.

  • The Proper Officer shall provide a copy of the Council’s standing orders to a councillor as soon as possible if requested to do so..

  • The decision of the chairman of a meeting as to the application of standing orders at the meeting shall be final.

Matterdale Parish Council    -----   Draft Budget for year to 31st March 2020

For notes, see over                     Budget y/e 31/03/19               Budget y/e 31/03/20

Receipts                                                                                        

Annual Precept proposed                £4,000.00                                     £4,500.00

Rural support addition                     £19.00                                                                      

Total                                                     £4,019.00                                     £4,500.00

Expenditure  

Election expenses                                  nil                                              £627.005

Clerk's Salary                                      £1,4501                                        £1,450.001

Clerk's Expenses                                £200                                             £200.00

Meeting fees                                      £120                                             £120.00

CALC subscription                             £175                                             £180.00

Insurance                                           £300                                             £300.00

Donation (Air Ambulance)              £100                                              £100.00

Grass Cutting                                    £400                                              £500.00

Repairs/Maintenance                       ----------                                         £300.00

Accountant's Fees                             £400                                            £500.00

Audit Fee                                            £100                                            £200.00                    

Website expenses                             £80                                              £80.00

Publications                                       £30                                              £15.00

Data Registration Fee                       £35                                              £35.00

Total of above expenditure             £3,390                                         £4,607.00

 

  1. In calculating the part of the Clerk’s salary which falls onto Parish Council as such, I have used the proportion (2/5ths), instead of 3/5ths as in previous years. This assumes that Matterdale School Foundation will bear 2/5ths and the Recreation Fund 1/5th.

  2. I have continued the practice of keeping the Recreation Fund out of the annualbudget. Matterdale School Foundation income and expenses are also outside this budget. For those funds a budget is not useful at this stage, as it is premature to budget for the projected expense of a new Community/Education building

  3. The budget assumes that costs of replacing the Matterdale Village Hall will be borne by the Recreation Fund and/or the School Foundation.

  4. It is assumed that any costs associated with broadband improvements will not fall on the Parish Council.

  5. The provision of £ for a contested election is made in information from Eden D C; . The 2015 election was uncontested; its expense was £70.

  6. The Parish Council reserve at 31st March 2018 was £464.79.

David L Brown-Responsible Financial Officer -4th November2018

From the Clerk to Matterdale Parish Council

"Hesleyside"

Watermillock,

PENRITH

Cumbria

CA11 0JH

017684-86380

or 07494788848

david.brownhesley10@btinternet.com

 

re  Matterdale Parish Council:  Annual Return for the year ending 31st March 2018

There are significant variations from the figures in the last Return. These are explained as follows:-

1. Income in 2016/17 included a one-off receipt from the former Matterdale Residential Centre of £23,883.28.

2. Staff costs were reduced by sharing the Clerk’s salary with Matterdale School Foundation, the registered charity of which the Parish Council is sole trustee.

3. Expenditure in 2016/17 included one-off payments for the benefit of Matterdale Community Association, in particular the purchase of a marquee (and associated equipment) as a temporary village hall and reimbursements of insurance expenses in relation to the former Matterdale Village Hall.

                                                      David L Brown- Clerk and RFO

Matterdale Parish Council      Schedule of Expenditure – Transactions over £100 (excluding recoverable VAT) 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 

                                                                                                                                                                                   

Clerk's Salary (gross)                                               4/9/17            £1,090.00                   

do-------(incl expenses)-----                                    14/3/18           £1,332.12

Website expenses                                                   8/1/18             £125.73

CALC subscription                                                 2/5/17               £160.14                    

Insurance                                                              18/5/17           £304.25                      

Audit Fee                                                              27/10/17            £200.00                   

Grass Cutting                                                      2/5/17                £450.00

Do                                                                         18/3/18              £415.00

Fence Repairs                                                      3/7/17                £1,430.00

Legal Advice                                                          12/8/17           £1,500.00

Selling Agents’fees                                               4/9/17             £773.80

Accountant’s fees                                                13/11/17         £450.00

Planning Advice                                                  17/1/18           £1,017.95

 

NOTE This schedule is prepared to satisfy the requirements of paragraph 13 of the “Transparency code for smaller authorities” published in December 2014 by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It is required to be published on the Parish Council website.

From the Clerk to Matterdale Parish Council

"Hesleyside"

Watermillock,

PENRITH

Cumbria

CA11 0JH

017684-86380

or 07494788848

david.brownhesley10@btinternet.com

 

re  Matterdale Parish Council:  Annual Return for the year ending 31st March 2018

                  There are significant variations from the figures in the last Return. These are explained as follows:-

                  1. Income in 2016/17 included a one-off receipt from the former Matterdale Residential Centre of £23,883.28.

                  2. Staff costs were reduced by sharing the Clerk’s salary with Matterdale School Foundation, the registered charity of which the Parish Council is sole trustee.

                  3. Expenditure in 2016/17 included one-off payments for the benefit of Matterdale Community Association, in particular the purchase of a marquee (and associated equipment) as a temporary village hall and reimbursements of insurance expenses in relation to the former Matterdale Village Hall.

                                                      David L Brown- Clerk and RFO

Matterdale Parish Council    -----   Draft Budget for year to 31st March 2019

For notes, see over    Budget y/e 31/03/19             Budget y/e 31/03/18

Receipts                                                                                      

Annual Precept proposed £4,000.00                                         £4,000.00

Rural support addition                  £19.00                                               £67.00                      

Total                                                  £4,019.00                                         £4,067.00

Expenditure

Clerk's Salary                                    £1,4501                                  £1,400.001

Clerk's Expenses                              £200                                         £200.00

Meeting fees                                   £120                                       £120.00

CALC subscription                           £175                                       £180.00

Insurance                                          £300                                       £300.00

Donation (Air Ambulance)            £100                                       £100.00

Grass Cutting                                   £400                                       £500.00

Repairs/Maintenance                   ----------                                     £300.00

Accountant's Fees                          £400                                       £500.00

Audit Fee                                          £100                                       £200.00                    

Website expenses                           £80                                         £80.00

Publications                                      £30                                         £15.00

Data Registration Fee                   £35                                         £35.00

Total of above expenditure          £3,390                                   £3,930.00

 

  1. In calculating the part of the Clerk’s salary which falls onto Parish Council as such, I have used the proportion (2/5ths), instead of 3/5ths as in previous years. This assumes that Matterdale School Foundation will bear 2/5ths and the Recreation Fund 1/5th.

  2. I have continued the practice of keeping the Recreation Fund out of the annualbudget. Matterdale School Foundation income and expenses are also outside this budget. For those funds a budget is not useful at this stage, as it is premature to budget for the projected expense of a new Community/Education building

  3. The budget assumes that costs of replacing the Matterdale Village Hall will be borne by the Recreation Fund and/or the School Foundation.

  4. It is assumed that any costs associated with broadband improvements will not fall on the Parish Council.

David L Brown-Responsible Financial Officer -4th May 2018

Matterdale Parish Council--------Accounts for year to 31st March 2018

                                                            y/e 31/03/17                        y/e 31-03-18

Balance b/f                                       £11,125.79                           £3,799.60

Receipts

Annual Precept                               £4,000.00                             £4,000.00

Rural support addition                  £40.00                                   £24.00

VAT refunds                                     £757.90                                 £491.00

Building Society interest               £102.97                                 £25.13

Income for year                              £4,900.87                             £4,540.13

Total                                                  £16,026.66                           £8,339.73

Expenditure

Clerk's Salary (gross)                      £1,659.771                            £1,4601

Clerk's Expenses                              £309.25                                 £192.46

Meeting fees                                   £83.00                                   £79.00

CALC subscription                           £157.00                                 £160.14

Insurance                                          £297.46                                 £304.25

Donation (Air Ambulance)            £100.00                                 £100.00

Bank Charges                                   £15.00                                   ----------

Grass Cutting                                   ---------5                                   £865.005

Repairs/Maintenance                   £948.004                               ----------

Election cost                                    -----------                                 ----------

Accountant's Fees                          £168.002                               £540.002

Audit Fee                                          £240.002                               £240.002

Planning Consultant’s fees          ----------                                    £2,627.508

Website expenses                           £158.08                                 £125.73

Publications                                      £27.00                                   £27.50

Training fees                                    £29.50                                   £190.00

Data Registration Fee                   £35.00                                   ----------6

Repaid Grant re New School       £8,000.003                            ----------

Expenses re Dockray site              ---------------                            £963.362,7

Total Expenditure                           £12,227.06                           £7,874.94

Balance c/f                                       £3,799.60                             £464.79

Notes

1. Clerk's salary and expenses have been shared between Matterdale School Foundation (2/5ths), the Parish Council (2/5ths) and the Recreation Fund (1/5ths).

2. These fees are shown inclusive of VAT, which will be recovered by the Council to extent that it has not already been recovered.            Dodd 7Co’s fees include the Internal Audit work, which previously was carried out free of charge.

3. A £8,000 grant from EDC for repairs to the Matterdale New School building was repaid following the decision to sell the New School.

4. This expense was for improvements at Watermillock Village Hall, for which a grant, covering the cost, was received the previous year.

5. The account for 2016 work was received after the year end; the 2017/18 payments cover two years’ work.

6. £35 was paid for renewal of the Council’s registration on behalf of the Council by  the Clerk and reimbursed as part of his expenses.

7. These unbudgeted, non-recurring, expenses related to the abhortive negotiation to buy a new site for re-establishment of a village hall in Matterdale Valley. The expenses should be re-imbursed by Matterdale Recreation Fund in 2018/19.

8. These fees include £1,624.85 paid for Matterdale School Foundation re planning application for New School to be converted to one house (£665.00) and proposed housing development east of Old School (£959.85). These expenses should be re-imbursed by Matterdale School Foundation when funds are available to it to do so.

Matterdale Parish Council-Recreation Fund  Accounts for year to 31st March 2018 (year to 31st March 2017 in brackets)

Balance b/f                                                           £65,460.744                               (£45,189.76)

Receipts

Rent/Grazing Fees                                                 £860.00                        (£600.00)

Matterdale Residential Centre closing funds donated                        (£23,883.28)

Building Society Interest                                       £431.28                       (£411.90)

VAT repayments                                                     £286.00                        (£529.57)

Wayleave receipt                                                   -----------                         (£48.72)

Contribution to fence repairs                              £510.00                        ( -----------)              

Receipts for year                                                    £2,087.28                 (£25,473.47)

Total                                                                          £67,548.02               (£70,663.23)

Expenditure                                                                                                            

Clerk's Salary (gross)                                              £700.001                             (£839.85)

Clerk’s expenses                                                      £84.04                       (£103.20)

Document fee re Rushmire Land                        £22.802                                 

Fence Repairs re Rushmire Land                        £1,716.002                -----------

Water Charges re Recreation Land                   £55.983                                 (£247.09)3

Professional fees                                                                                £2,817.955                       

Electricity                                                                                                 (85.98)

Matterdale Community Association (grant)              -------                 (£200.00)

Marquee for temporary Matterdale Village Hall2     -------               (£3,253.27)

Matterdale Old School insurance cost                          --------             (£473.10)

 

Total Expenditure                                                   £5,396.77                 (£5,202.49)

Balance c/f                                                               £62,151.25               (£65,460.74)

Notes

1. Clerk's salary and expenses have been shared between the Parish Council (2/5th), the Recreation Fund (1/5th) and Matterdale School Foundation (2/5th).

2. These fees are shown inclusive of VAT, which will be recovered by the Council to the extent that it has not already been recovered.           

3. These expenses relate to the Recreation Ground (for which there was no rent or grazing fee received in 2017/18, the possibility being that possession would be needed to establish a new Matterdale Village Hall there). The charges in 2016/17 were significantly higher than usual; it is believed that a leak went undiscovered. A payment of £110 (included above in “rent/grazing fees”) was received in 2017/18 from Mr Mark Potter for his use of the water.

4. A £5,000 grant from EDC for repairs to the house part of Matterdale New School building is held by the Parish Council; it may need to be repaid if the sale of the New School is completed as expected.

5. Legal fees of £1,800 (incl VAT) and planning consultant’s fees of £1,017.95 (no VAT) were incurred in connection with the revised Matterdale Village Hall proposal.

Matterdale Parish Council  including Recreation Fund

Bank Reconciliation at  31st March 2018

                                    Parish Council Recreation Fund   MSF               Totals

Balances b/f             £3,799.60     £65,460.74               £12,549.54   £81,809.88

Add Receipts            £4,540.13     £2,087.28                 £99.08           £6,726.49

Less Expenditure     £7,890.24     £5,416.75                 £7,978.44     £21,285.43 

Balances c/f             £449.49         £62,131.27               £4,670.18     £67,250.94  

             Represented by:-

            Cash at HSBC plc                                                                             £1,565.48

            Cash at Skipton Building Society PC and Rec Fund                  £64,032.41

            Cash at Skipton Building Society (MSF)                          £1,688.33       

            Total Cash                                                                                         £67,286.22

            Add Payments received but not then credited                         -------------        

            Less Unpresented cheques                                                             -------------

                                                                                                                         £67,286.22

Matterdale Parish Council (“MPC”) Assets Register

Ref      Descrition/Location                        HMLR no              Date Acquired                     Cost               Custodian            User

1.Troutbeck "allotment"                              CU198872                1882 (Enclosure Act)       nil                  Tenant

4.61 hectares

NY387271:    Grazing Land/Woodland

2.Rushmire "Recreation Ground"              CU196632            1882 (Enclosure Act)           nil                   Vacant

4.64 hectares                                                                                                                                                                     

NY391242: Grazing Land

3. Matterdale "Sports Field"                                                             1954                                nil                  Vacant

NY396224: grazing land

4. Matterdale "New School"                          CU218880            10th July 2015                      nil

(held as Trustee of Matterdale School Foundation, but , with adjoining land,under contract for sale: the holding includes adjoining land, which the Council retains for the time being)                                                                                                                                                                                                                

NY394223                                                                                                                                       nil            MPC as Trustee

5. Dockray Village Green                                                                                                              nil             Village   Green                                 

NY394215: Village Green

                                                                                                                                                                                   

6. Binks Moss Turbary Ground                                                                                                    nil                    Vacant

NY388240

7. High Row Green                                                                                                                          nil                    Vacant

 NY380229

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Notice Boards (6)                               

(Dockray;

 Sparket Cross Roads;

 Bennethead, Watermillock;

Town end, Watermillock;

Gowbarrow Road End, Watermillock and

 Matterdale End)

 

 

Bench Seats (8)

Between Bennethead and Quiet Site, Watermillock;

Folly Lane, Watermillock;

Town end Watermillock;

Hause Top, Watermillock;

 HauseBank,Watermillock;

Park Brow, Dockray;

 Dockray Green;

Matterdale End Green

Matterdale Parish Council    -----   Draft Budget for year to 31st March 2019

For notes, see over    Budget y/e 31/03/19             Budget y/e 31/03/18

Receipts                                                                                      

Annual Precept proposed £4,000.00                                         £4,000.00

Rural support addition                  £19.00                                               £67.00                      

Total                                                  £4,019.00                                         £4,067.00

Expenditure

Clerk's Salary                                    £1,4501                                  £1,400.001

Clerk's Expenses                              £200                                                          £200.00

Meeting fees                                   £120                                       £120.00

CALC subscription                           £175                                       £180.00

Insurance                                          £300                                       £300.00

Donation (Air Ambulance)            £100                                       £100.00

Grass Cutting                                   £400                                       £500.00

Repairs/Maintenance                   ----------                                £300.00

Accountant's Fees                          £400                                       £500.00

Audit Fee                                          £100                                       £200.00                    

Website expenses                           £80                                         £80.00

Publications                                      £30                                         £15.00

Data Registration Fee                   £35                                         £35.00

Total of above expenditure          £3,390                                   £3,930.00

 

  1. In calculating the part of the Clerk’s salary which falls onto Parish Council as such, I have used the proportion (2/5ths), instead of 3/5ths as in previous years. This assumes that Matterdale School Foundation will bear 2/5ths and the Recreation Fund 1/5th.

  2. I have continued the practice of keeping the Recreation Fund out of the annualbudget. Matterdale School Foundation income and expenses are also outside this budget. For those funds a budget is not useful at this stage, as it is premature to budget for the projected expense of a new Community/Education building

  3. The budget assumes that costs of replacing the Matterdale Village Hall will be borne by the Recreation Fund and/or the School Foundation.

  4. It is assumed that any costs associated with broadband improvements will not fall on the Parish Council.

David L Brown-Responsible Financial Officer -4th May 2018

Matterdale Parish Council      Schedule of Expenditure – Transactions over £100 (excluding recoverable VAT) 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017  

                                                            y/e 31/03/17                                                                                                                         

Clerk's Salary (gross)                                               11/7/16           £540.00                     

do-------------                                                  12/9/16           £540.00         

do-------------                                                  6/3/17             £1,320.00

 

Clerk's Expenses                                          6/3/17               £309.60

Website expenses                                      14/11/16           £158.08

CALC subscription                                        18/4/16             £157.00                    

Insurance                                                      1/5/16               £297.46                    

Audit Fee                                                       28/8/16              £200.00                   

Insurance for Old School/Village Hall                12/9/16              £473.00

Improvements at Watermillock Village Hall    3/6/16     £790.00

Water charges for Recreation Field                     18/4/16              £110.73

 

Expenses re temporary village hall for Matterdale

Administration funds                                             26/4/16              £200.00

Marquee and ancillary equipment                      1/4/16ff           £2,711.06

NOTE This schedule is prepared to satisfy the requirements of paragraph 13 of the “Transparency code for smaller authorities” published in December 2014 by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It is required to be published on the Parish Council website.

Matterdale Parish Council    -----   Draft Budget for year to 31st March 2018

For notes, see over    Budget y/e 31/03/17             Budget y/e 31/03/18

Receipts                                                                                      

Annual Precept                               £4,000.00                                £4,000.00

Rural support addition                  £67.00                                      £67.00                      

Total                                                  £4,067.00                               £4,067.00

Expenditure

Clerk's Salary                                    £1,8001                                  £1,400.001

Clerk's Expenses                              £200                                       £200.00

Meeting fees                                   £120                                       £120.00

CALC subscription                           £170                                       £180.00

Insurance                                          £300                                       £300.00

Donation (Air Ambulance)            £60                                         £100.00

Grass Cutting                                   £400                                       £500.00

Repairs/Maintenance                   ----------                                £300.00

Accountant's Fees                          £60                                         £500.00

Audit Fee                                          £100                                       £200.00                    

Website expenses                           £80                                         £80.00

Publications                                      £30                                         £15.00

Data Registration Fee                   £35                                         £35.00

Total of above expenditure          £3,355                                   £3,930.00

 

  1. In calculating the part of the Clerk’s salary which falls onto Parish Council as such, I have used the proportion (2/5ths), instead of 3/5ths as in previous years. This assumes that Matterdale School Foundation will bear 2/5ths and the Recreation Fund 1/5th. I have however deducted £400 from the provision for salary, to take account of the increase of £400 in accountant’s fees (Dodd & Co having been engaged to produce the accounts to 31st March 2017-it is anticipated that, if instructed, their fee for 2017/18 accounting year will reduce to £300 ex VAT)

  2.  I have continued the practice of keeping the Recreation Fund out of the annual budget. Matterdale School Foundation income and expenses are also outside this budget.

  3. The budget assumes that costs of replacing the Matterdale Village Hall will be borne by the Recreation Fund or the School Foundation.

  4. It is assumed that any costs associated with broadband improvements will not fall on the Parish Council.

Matterdale Parish Council-Recreation Fund  Accounts for year to 31st March 2017 (year to 31st March 2016 in brackets)

Balance b/f                                                           (£22,524.824)                           £45,189.76 Rent/Grazing Fees                                                            (£800.00)                     £600.00

Matterdale Residential Centre closing funds donated                         £23,883.28

Surrender Payment re Old School Hall              (£25,000.00)               -----------

Refund of rent re Old School Hall                       (£62.05)                       -----------

Building Society Interest                                       (£353.39)                    £411.90

VAT repayments                                                     -------------                      £529.57

Wayleave receipt                                                   (£35.52)                        £48.72

Income for year                                                      (£26,250.96)            £25,473.47

Total                                                                          (£48,775.78 )           £70,663.23

Expenditure                                                                                                            

Clerk's Salary (gross)                                              (£864.401)                         £839.85

Clerk’s expenses                                                      --------------                 £103.20

Agent’s Fee re Recreation Land                         (£60.002)                   ------------

Water Charges re Recreation Land                   (£42.523)                             £247.09

Land Registry fee re Troutbeck Land                 (£14.00)                    ----------

Matterdale “New “ School5                                                  (£2,605.10)             

Matterdale Community Association (grant)                                        £200.00

Marquee for temporary Matterdale Village Hall2                             £3,253.27

Matterdale Old School insurance cost                                                  £473.10

 

Total Expenditure                                                   (£3,586.02)              £5,202.49

Balance c/f                                                               (£45,189.76 )           £65,460.74

Notes

1. Clerk's salary and expenses have been shared between the Parish Council (2/5th), the Recreation Fund (1/5th) and Matterdale School Foundation (2/5th).

2. These fees are shown inclusive of £542.21 VAT, which will be recovered by the Council to extent that it has not already been recovered.   

3. These expenses relate to the Recreation Ground (for which there was no rent or grazing fee received in 2016/17, the possibility being that possession would be needed to establish a new Matterdale Village Hall there). The charges are significantly higher than usual; it is believed that a leak has gone undiscovered. A payment will be received in 2017/18 from Mr Mark Potter for his use of the water.

4. A £5,000 grant from EDC for repairs to the house part of Matterdale New School building is held by the Parish Council; it will need to be repaid if the building is sold.

5. Architect’s Fees of £1,838.88 were paid re Matterdale New School in 2013/14.In the 2015/16 accounts, planning, architects’, solicitors’ and valuers’  fees, part of the Clerk’s salary and a land registry fee (£2,605.10 in total) were paid by the Parish Council . These expenses (and the 2016/17 expense for electricity there) were paid out of the Recreation Fund prior to any cash being received by the Parish Council as trustee of Matterdale School Foundation.

Matterdale School Foundation registered charity no 526809

-Accounts for year to 31st March 2017

                                                                                                            y/e 31/03/17                       

Balance b/f                                                                                                   nil

Income

Received from sale of land adjacent to Old School                £15,000.00

Building Society Interest                                                               £37.91

Meeting fees received                                                                  £20.00

Total income                                                                                    £15,059.91              

Expenditure

Clerk's Salary (gross)                                                                      £1,600.001

Clerk's Expenses                                                                              £206.401                              

Insurance                                                                                          nil

Energy Performance Certificate re New School sale £204.00

VAT paid                                                                                           £34.00

Electricity charges                                                                          £361.36

Water charges                                                                                £136.61

Total Expenditure                                                                           £2,508.37

Balance c/f                                                                                       £12,549.54  

Notes

  1. Clerk's salary and expenses have been shared with the Parish Council and the Recreation Fund (2/5ths Parish Council, 1/5 Recreation Fund, 2/5ths School Foundation). The proportions for 2017/18 will need to be agreed.

  2. The Parish Council was appointed sole trustee of this charity on 10th July 2015.The New School (also known as Matterdale Recreation Centre) and its land were transferred to the parish Council as such trustee but no cash was held by the Parish Council as trustee until £15,000 was received by the charity from the sale of an area of land adjoining the Old School on 28th June 2016. Expenses incurred by the Parish Council in relation to the charity’s property prior to 28th June 2016 (other than the cost of the Energy Performance Certificate required before the New School could be marketed) were borne by the Parish Council sic.

Matterdale Parish Council-Accounts for year to 31st March 2017

                                                            y/e 31/03/17                        y/e 31-03-16

Balance b/f                                       £11,125.79                           £9,480.76

Annual Precept                               £4,000.00                             £4,000.00

Rural support addition                  £40.00                                   £73.00

EDC Grant re W’millock V H           ------                         £1,048.00

 VAT refunds                                    £757.90                                 £1,225.58

Building Society interest               £102.97                                 -------------

Income for year                              £4,900.87                             £5,121.00

Total                                                  £16,026.66                           £14,601.76

Expenditure                                                                                                            

Clerk's Salary (gross)                      £1,659.771                            £1,440.601

Clerk's Expenses                              £309.25                                 £82.06

Meeting fees                                   £83.00                                   £108.00

CALC subscription                           £157.00                                 £157.00

Insurance                                          £297.46                                 £287.95

Donation (Air Ambulance)            £100.00                                 £60.00

Bank Charges                                   £15.00                                   £70.12

Grass Cutting                                   ---------5                                   £260.00

Repairs/Maintenance                   £948.004                               £89.99

Election cost                                    -----------                                 £70.00

Accountant's Fees                          £168.002                               ----------

Audit Fee                                          £240.002                               £120.002

Website expenses                           £158.08                                 £74.25

Publications                                      £27.00                                   £17.00

Training fees                                    £29.50                                   £69.00

Data Registration Fee                   £35.00                                   £35.00

Neighbourhood Plan                      ---------                                    £535.00

Repaid Grant re New School       £8,000.003                            ----------

Total Expenditure                           £12,227.06                           £3,475.97

Balance c/f                                       £3,799.60                             £11,125.79  

Notes

1. Clerk's salary and expenses have been shared between the Parish Council and the Recreation Fund.

2. These fees are shown inclusive of VAT, which will be recovered by the Council to extent that it has not already been recovered.            “Accountant’s Fees” cover 2015/16 and 2016/17.

3. A £8,000 grant from EDC for repairs to the Matterdale New School building was repaid following the decision to sell the New School.

4. This expense was for improvements at Watermillock Village Hall, for which a grant, covering the cost, was received the previous year.

5. The account for 2016 work was received after the year end; £450 is expected cost.

Matterdale Parish Council (“MPC”) Assets Register

Ref      Descrition/Location User                        HMLR no              Date Acquired                     Cost               Custodian           

1.Troutbeck "allotment"                              CU198872                1882 (Enclosure Act)                nil                 Tenant

4.61 hectares

NY387271:    Grazing Land/Woodland

2.Rushmire "Recreation Ground"              CU196632            1882 (Enclosure Act)                    nil                 Vacant

4.64 hectares                                                                                                                                                                     

NY391242: Grazing Land

3. Matterdale "Sports Field"                                                             1954                                          nil                Vacant

    

NY396224: grazing land

4. Matterdale "New School"                          CU218880            10th July 2015                             nil                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

NY394223 : House/ Community Centre                                                                                           nil                MPC as trustee                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Trustee

5. Dockray Village Green                                                                                                                     nil               Village Green

NY394215: Village Green

                                                                                                                                                                                   

6. Binks Moss Turbary Ground                                                                                                          nil                Vacant

NY388240

7. High Row Green                                                                                                                               nil                Vacant

 NY380229

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Notice Boards (6)                               

(Dockray;

 Sparket Cross Roads;

 Bennethead, Watermillock;

Town end, Watermillock;

Gowbarrow Road End, Watermillock and

 Matterdale End)

 

 

Bench Seats (8)

Between Bennethead and Quiet Site, Watermillock;

Folly Lane, Watermillock;

Town end Watermillock;

Hause Top, Watermillock;

 HauseBank,Watermillock;

Park Brow, Dockray;

 Dockray Green;

Matterdale End Green

Matterdale Parish Council-Accounts for year to 31st March 2016

                                                            y/e 31/03/15                        y/e 31-03-16

Balance b/f                                       £16,565.73                           £9,480.76

Annual Precept                               £4,000.00                             £4,000.00

Rural support addition                  £67.00                                   £73.00

EDC Grant re W’millock V H           ------                         £1,048.00                            Grant re Neighbourhood Plan   £685.00                                    ---------

VAT refunds                                     £1,225.58                            

Income for year                              £4,874.58                             £5,121.00

Total                                                  £22,543.72                           £14,601.76

Expenditure                                                                                                            

Clerk's Salary                                    £1,751.471                            £1,440.601

Clerk's Expenses                              £184.98                                 £82.06

Meeting fees                                   £108.00                                 £108.00

CALC subscription                           £152.00                                 £157.00

Insurance                                          £287.95                                 £287.95

Donation (Air Ambulance)            £60.00                                   £60.00

Bank Charges                                   ----------                                   £70.12

Grass Cutting                                   £390.00                                 £260.00

Repairs/Maintenance                   -----------                                 £89.99

Election cost                                    -----------                                 £70.00

Accountant's Fees                          £72.002                                  ----------

Audit Fee                                          £156.002                               £120.002

Website expenses                           £54.53                                   £74.25

Publications                                      £15.00                                   £17.00

Training fees                                                                                    £69.00

Data Registration Fee                   £35.00                                   £35.00

Neighbourhood Plan                      £10.061.40                           £535.00

Total Expenditure                           £13,328.33                           £3,475.97

Balance c/f                                       £9,215.39                             £11,125.79  

Notes

1. Clerk's salary and expenses have been shared between the Parish Council and the Recreation Fund.

2. These fees are shown inclusive of VAT, which will be recovered by the Council to extent that it has not already been recovered.           

3. A £8,000 grant from EDC for repairs to the Matterdale New School building is held by the Parish Council.

Matterdale Parish Council-Recreation Fund  Accounts for year to 31st March 2016 (year to 31st March 2015 in brackets)

Balance b/f                                                              £22,524.824                                     (£22,633.88)

Rent/Grazing Fees                                                 £800.00                     (£900.00)

Surrender Payment re Old School Hall              £25,000.00  

Refund of rent re Old School Hall                       £62.05

Building Society Interest                                       £353.39                     (£172.40)

Wayleave receipts                                                  £35.52                       (£32.04)

Income for year                                                     £26,250.96               (£1,104.44)

Total                                                                          £48,775.78               (£23,738.32)

Expenditure                                                                                                                       

Clerk's Salary                                                            £864.401                             (£1,256.87)

Agent’s Fee re Recreation Land                         £60.002

Water Charges re Recreation Land                   £42.523                                 (£82.12)

Land Registry fee re Troutbeck Land                 £14.00

Matterdale “New “ School5

Planning Fees                       £577.50

Architect’s fees                   £540.002

Valuers’ Fees                        £486.002

Clerk’s Salary                       £576.00

Land Registry Fee               £60.00

Legal Costs re Easement   £365.60                     £2,605.10

Total Expenditure                                                             £3,586.02

Balance c/f                                                              £45,189.76  

Notes

1. Clerk's salary and expenses have been shared between the Parish Council and the Recreation Fund.

2. These fees are shown inclusive of VAT, which will be recovered by the Council to extent that it has not already been recovered.           

3. Only two of the quarterly payments are shown in this account.

4. A £5,000 grant from EDC for repairs to the house part of Matterdale New School building is held by the Parish Council; it will need to be repaid if the building is sold.

5. Architect’s Fees of £1,838.88 were paid re Matterdale New School in 2013/14

Matterdale Parish Council      Schedule of Expenditure – Transactions over £100 (excluding recoverable VAT) 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2016  

                                                            y/e 31/03/15                          y/e 31/03/16

Expenditure                                                                                                             

Clerk's Salary                                                1/10/14 £400.00                     7/9/15 £1,152.00

do-------------                                      3/11/14 £400.00                     7/3/16 £1,252.42

do-------------                                      1/12/14 £400.00

do-------------                                      2/3/15 £1,182.60

PAYE on salary                                              1/12/14 £300.00                     7/9/15 £288.00

do-------------                                      2/3/15 £236.52                       7/3/16 £188.58

 

Clerk's Expenses                              7/7/14 £106.04

do----------------                                              2/3/15  £223,04

CALC subscription                            12/5/14 £152.00                     18/5/15 £157.00

Insurance                                          19/5/14 £287.95                     18/5/15 £287.95

Grass Cutting                                                7/11/14 £390.00                     2/11/15 £260.00

Audit Fee                                           1/10/14 £156.00                     ---------

Rent for Old School/Village Hall  12/1/15 £150.00

Expenses re Neighbourhood Plan

Consultant's Fees                            4/4/14    £483.40       

Do-----------------                                12/5/14  £1,200.00

Do----------------                                  7/7/14    £1,281.00

Do---------------                                               1/10/14  £1,984.50

Do----------------                                  1/12/14  £1,412.00

Do----------------                                  29/12/14 £1,022.50   

Printing                                              7/7/14     £771.00                   5/10/15 £445.00

Expenses re Proposed new village hall for Matterdale

Third Party legal expenses for drainage over Thorneythwaite  18/5/15      £365.60

Valuation of land proposed to be sold to finance building work 5/10/15    £300.00

 Planning fees re Matterdale “New” School for consents           21/1/16      £577.50

Fee for Architects advice on building costs                                       8/2/16       £450.00

 

NOTE This schedule is prepared to satisfy the requirements of paragraph 13 of the “Transparency code for smaller authorities” published in December 2014 by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It is required to be published on the Parish Council website.

From the Clerk to Matterdale Parish Council

"Hesleyside"

Watermillock,

PENRITH

Cumbria

CA11 0JH

017684-86380

or 077 785 91049

david.brownhesley10@btinternet.com

23rd June 2015

                  Dear Mrs Prince,

                                    re  Matterdale Parish Council: your ref MBT/EP/2015/A2/MATT01

                  I enclose the Annual Return for the year ending 31st march 2015 and the Bank Reconciliation.

                  There are significant variations from the figures in the last Return

                  1. The Annual Precept was increased to cover additional staff costs which were expected to be incurred in relation to the proposed Neighbourhood Plan and were not covered by grants received.

                  2. Staff costs were increased as a result of the agreed increase in the Clerk's annual hours to 240hrs from 120hrs.

                  3. "other payments" increased largely because the fees of the Consultant working with the Council on the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan came to £8,763 in the year.

                  4. "other receipts" reduced as grants received in the previous year totalled £19,168 (cf £685 in 2014/15).

                                    Yours Sincerely

 

                                                                                          David L Brown

Matterdale Parish Council   ----  Matterdale Recreation Fund  (for notes see over)

Accounts to 31st March 2015    y/e 31/03/15             y/e 31/03/14

Balance b/f                                       £22,633.88                              £19,547.20

Receipts

Rent/Grazing Fees                           £900.00                                   £850.00

Cumbria County Council Grant re New Hall                                            £5,000.001

VAT refund                                        £306.482                                  £113.00

LDNPA Grant re Dockray Notice Board                                          £609.20

Bank/Building Society Interest     £172.40                                   £163.13

Wayleave receipts                           £69.85                                     £32.04

Total Receipts                                              £1,448.73                                £6,737.37

Expenditure

Clerk's Salary/Expenses                 £1,256.873                               £419.823

Water charges                                              £82.12                                     £81.49

Rent:  Old School Hall                                 £150.00                                   £150.00

Insurance contribution                   £40.00                                     ---------

Accountant's Fees                           £28.80

Architect's Fees re New School      --------                                                £1,838.882

Cumbria Playing Fields Affil. Fee             --------                                     £70.00

Valuers' Fees                                               ---------                                                £336.00

Part cost Dockray Notice Board     ---------                                                £678.00

Part cost of erection of same         ---------                                               £106.50

Total Expenditure                            £1,557.79                                £3,680.69

Balance c/f                                        £22,524.82                              £22,633.88

 

 

 

Notes

1.This grant is held in Recreation Fund as it is specific to the New Hall project.

2. These fees are inclusive of VAT, which has now been recovered.

3. Clerk's salary and expenses have been shared 3/5 Parish Council general funds:2/5 Recreation Fund. It is intended to review this proportion following completion of the transfer of the New School and its land to the Parish Council (as trustee of Matterdale School Foundation-registered charity).

Matterdale Parish Council  including Recreation Fund

Bank Reconciliation at  31st March 2015

                                    Parish Council                      Recreation Fund     Totals

Balances b/f             £16,565.73                          £22.633.88               £39,199.61

Add Receipts            £5,786.44                             £1,448.73                 £7,235.17

Less Expenditure     £12,871.41                           £1,557.79                 £14,429.20

Balances c/f             £9,480.76                             £22,524.82               £32,005.58

 

Represented by:-

            Cash at HSBC plc                                                                                  £380.85

            Cash at Skipton Building Society                                     £31,501.21

            Total Cash                                                                                         £31,882.06

            Add Payments received but not then credited                              £135.52

            Less Unpresented cheques                                                                    £12.00

                                                                                                                        £32,005.58

Matterdale Parish Council-Accounts for year to 31st March 2015

                                                            y/e 31/03/15                        y/e 31-03-14

Balance b/f                                       £16,565.73                           £1,678.99

Annual Precept                               £4,000.00                             £3,000.00

Rural support addition                  £67.00                                   £0.49

EDC Grant re New School Building ------                                    £8,000.003

 Grant re Neighbourhood Plan   £685.004                                £6,168.00

Contribution to cost of grit bin    --------                         £300.00

VAT refunds                                     £1,225.58                             £141.75

Total                                                  £22,543.72                           £18,219.44

Expenditure                                                                                                            

Clerk's Salary                                    £1,751.471                            ----------

Clerk's Expenses                              £184.98                                 £582.48

Meeting fees                                   £108.00                                 £112.00

CALC subscription                           £152.00                                 £149.00-----

Insurance                                          £287.95                                 £287.95

Donation (Air Ambulance)            £60.00                                   £60.00

Grass Cutting                                   £390.00                                 £390.00

Pt cost Dockray Notice board      ----------                                   £678.00

Pt cost erection of same               ----------                                   £106.50

Repairs/Maintenance                   -----------                                 £283.00

Accountant's Fees                          £72.002                                  ----------

Audit Fee                                          £156.002                               ----------

Website expenses                           £54.53                                   £85.08

Publications                                      £15.00                                   £42.19

Data Registration Fee                   £35.00                                   £35.00

Total of above expenditure          £3,266.93                             £2811.20     

Expenses re Neighbourhood Plan

Consultant's Fees    £9,296.402                                                    £521.50

Printing                     £771.00

Photocopying           £28.00

Meeting fee             £16.00         £10,061.40

Total Expenditure                           £13,328.33                           £3,332.70

Balance c/f                                       £9,215.39                             £16,565.73  

Notes

1. Clerk's salary and expenses have been shared 3/5 Parish Council general funds:2/5 Recreation Fund.In 2013/14 the Clerk was paid travel and use of home expenses for that and previous three years. Payment of the balance due to him for 2013/14 has been deferred to save accountant's expenses and help cash flow.

2. These fees are shown inclusive of VAT, which will be recovered by the Council to extent that it has not already been recovered.           

3. The £8,000 grant from EDC for repairs to the Matterdale New School building is held by the Parish Council, with a view to its expenditure after the building has been transferred to the Parish Council as trustee of the Matterdale School Foundation (registered charity). It would be repaid if the transfer does not go ahead.

4. The balance of the grant from Community Development Foundation was received on completion of the work for which the consultant was engaged.

Matterdale Schools-Report to 2014 Annual Parish Council Meeting

                  Keith Clark reports:-

"We are still waiting for the easement for the septic tank from Daniel Wincott’ s solicitor but once this has been received the final transfer should be fairly rapid. Until this takes place, we cannot do any work on the building but various plans are under discussion and the work will be done in stages starting on the roof.  £18,000 is needed from Matterdale Recreation Fund: Grants of £13,000 have already been received (£8,000 from the Eden Community Fund for repairs to the roof, with a further £2,000 promised, plus £5,000 from Cumbria County Council for the new Hall).  Further applications for grants are being considered. Once the roof of the building has been repaired the aim will be to bring the old Headmaster’s house into a lettable state and grants towards this have been promised by Eden Council for bringing back into use an empty property.

Once the transfer to the Parish has taken place, we will be calling the first meeting of the Matterdale Community Association ("MCA"),who will be involved in the development of the hall portion of the building and running it as an education facility and Village Hall, under an Albemarle agreement approved by the Charity Commission."

                  David Brown reports:-

"The deal with the County Council is not part of a legally binding contract but I do not expect them to vary what has been agreed for some time. In brief:-

1. The Parish Council ("MPC") becomes on completion sole Trustee of The Matterdale School Foundation (registered Charity No  526809) and, as such trustee, takes a transfer of the New School building (which includes the House, hall, meeting room and kitchen) and adjoining land in title Number CU218880 . MPC on completion surrenders its tenancy of the current Matterdale Village Hall in the Old School, the consideration for the surrender being the right to receive £25,000 from the sale of the Old School (provided it sells for more than £25,000).

2. Subject to financial constraints, MPC (in consultation with MCA) arranges for works to House, meeting room, kitchen and hall, with a view to the House being let and the meeting room and hall becoming an education and community facility, maybe the House tenant being employed as the cleaner, caretaker and perhaps manager of that facility.

3. The facility of hall, kitchen, meeting room and some land is to be leased to MCA (which is incorporated as a Charitable Incorporated Organization and registered with the Charity Commissioners), that lease to be entered into once the facility can be operated following renovation. The lease will be at a peppercorn rent, on a full repairing and insuring basis and for 35 years (or other period agreed with the Charity Commission and by the parties), with a right to renew (ie. extend the lease period).

4. To assist with finance for the facility, it is proposed to offer land adjoining the Old School to its purchaser.

5. The Eden District Council has agreed to a grant of up to £10,000 towards the return of the Headmaster’s House as a dwelling.

6. The remaining funds, c £21,000, of the group of schools who used the school as a residential centre has been promised to the MCA to assist in the development of the hall, particularly for use by children."

Matterdale Parish Council (“MPC”) Assets Register

Ref      Descrition/Location                        HMLR no              Date Acquired                     Cost               Custodian            User

1.Troutbeck "allotment"                              CU198872                1882 (Enclosure Act)       nil            Tenant

4.61 hectares

NY387271:    Grazing Land/Woodland

2.Rushmire "Recreation Ground"              CU196632            1882 (Enclosure Act)        nil          Tenant

4.64 hectares                                                                                                                                                                     

NY391242: Grazing Land

3. Matterdale "Sports Field"                                                             1954                                          nil            Grazier

    

NY396224: grazing land

4. Matterdale "New School"                          CU218880            10th July 2015                      nil                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

NY394223 : House/ Community Centre                                                                                                             nil            MPC as                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trustee

5. Dockray Village Green                                                                                                                           nil           

NY394215: Village Green

                                                                                                                                                                                   

6. Binks Moss Turbary Ground                                                                                                               nil            Vacant

NY388240

7. High Row Green                                                                                                                                          nil            Vacant

 NY380229

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