Community Council Accounts 2010-11This is an extract of the 'Financial Statement for Year Ending 31st March 2011' ie. the latest set of accounts of the 'town council'.
Sheet1 is entitled 'Capital Reserve and Current Accounts'
As per book 1st April 2010 65,993.69
Plus Income for year 102,444.46
Total Amount 168,438.15
Less Expenses for the year 91,521.73
Plus Unpresented Cheques 110.84
As per Book 31st March 2011 77,027.26
Sheet2 - 'Capital Reserve Account':
As at 1st April, 2010 47,050.46
Add Income for the Year 89,049.79
Total Income 31st March, 2011 136,100.25
Less Expenditure for Year 60,000.00
As Per Book 31st March 2011 76,100.25
Sheet3 is entitled 'Gratuity Account':
As per Book 1st April 2010 15,658.80
Plus Income for Year 7.78
Total for Year 15,666.58
Less Expenditure for Year Nil
As Per Book 31st March 2011 15,666.58
Here is Sheet5, entitled 'Current Account':
As at 1st April 2010 18,943.23
VAT Returns 4,798.82
Transferred from Capital Reserve 60,000.00
Christmas Festive Lighting 2,150.00
Allotment Rent 248.50
Pantomime Receipts 974.65
Aber & District Twinning Assn 900.00
Returned Chairman's Allowance 147.70
Income for Year 92,337.90
Tax & N.I. 9,193.81
Councillors Expenses 138.30
Civic Affairs 5,966.23
Telephone, Postage, Audit 1,925.26
Conference, Stationery, Insurance 8,531.39
Council and Ward Donations, S.137 4,550.00
Environment and Leisure 25,743.83
VAT Paid 4,723.99
Plus unpresented Cheque for 110.84
As Per Book 31st March 2011 927.01
Graham Bartlett as Clerk and S151 Responsible Financial Officer prepared these, and I'm sure you'll be able to see the original ratified document if you ask.
There are notes to the report:
"This year we made a healthy surplus due to the £4,000. from Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and £2,500. from various sources for Christmas Lighting, as well as repayments from Abertillery & District Twinning Association to reduce their loan.
This accounts for over 50% of the surplus."
Please note - these are direct verbatim extracts from the document, provided at my request.
These accounts are closed and hence no queries etc. can be brought up.
However, they raise a number of questions in my head and I'll be on the lookout for the 2011/12 ones and I'll invoke my rights as a citizen to scrutinise them when they are released.
Those of you lucky enough to have read the Community Council Cwmtillery Ward Independent-minded candidates' manifesto will be able to directly relate a lot of the above to it.
Anyone want the 2009/10 Accounts 'published'?
Interestingly expenditure dropped from 2009/10 to 2010/11 - but only on certain items. Guess which ones?
Env & Leisure (presumably items which enhance our community in some way ) dropped by almost £5,000, donations to organisations etc. (grants) by £500 and 'Misc' by nearly £5,000.
'Salaries' increased, as did 'Civic Affairs', 'Telephone, Postage, Audit' and 'Conference, Stationery, Insurance'.
Question - why bundle Conference, which is not an office cost, with stationery (which is), and why bundle them with Insurance, which is a corporate cost and nothing whatsoever to do with attending conferences or buying headed paper, envelopes etc ?
Question - in the same vein, spending on telephone and postage is office costs, but Audit is an organisational matter.
Question - why is there a heading 'Tax & NI' ? The only payroll cost for an employer (apart from the wage/salary itself) is Employer's NI, which for 2010/11 was 12.8% (over £110/wk).
Tax, although paid over to HMRC, is deducted from the employee at source, so is not expenditure (unless for some weird, non-standard reason it's counted as 'income' ).
Why are Payroll overheads stated as 31% of salary costs ??????
Question - on the subject of Audit, there's no Auditor's certificate or statement included in the Statement of Accounts. In my experience that's a bit unusual but there are dispensations for smaller community councils and this might be one of them.
I think we need to know who the Community Council's Appointed Auditors are though.
A letter has been sent to Abertillery businesses from BG's town centre manager for Aber.
It asks for donations towards Christmas Lighting, amounting to about £11,000.
You'll see from the above accounts that the community council has over £76,000 in the bank.
Why are hard-pressed businesses being asked to fork out when the Community Council has sufficient funds ?