2020/21 Financial Year
Before the start of the 2020/21 financial year, Charlwood Parish Council (CPC) set a budget for the 12 months of £91,450 based on an estimated income of that amount. The biggest share of that income is made up of the Parish precept (£73,090 for 2020/21) which is collected by Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) on behalf of the Parish Council through the Council Tax.
In addition MVDC provided grants in the year totalling £12,586. The Concurrent Grant, which is a contribution towards paying for services that the district council used to provide, paid £10,614 and there was a £1,972 share of a government grant provided in relation to the localisation of Council Tax Support (previously managed by central government) that became effective a few years ago.
The expense of maintaining the Pavilion, the Recreation Ground and the Millennium Field in Charlwood as well as The Withey in Hookwood and the playgrounds in both villages, takes up a large portion of the Parish Council’s income. Five part-time staff are employed and wages and pension commitments account for roughly a third of all expenditure.
Additional income is earned through hiring out the facilities at the Recreation Ground, the football pitch and cricket ground and the community room in the Pavilion. However the cost of maintaining the football pitch is considerable as is the cost of maintaining the trees, hedges and fences in all the open spaces.
Major projects planned for the future include combating the traffic problems that plague both villages on a daily basis and to provide a much-needed car park in Charlwood.
Because Parish Councils spend public money, their finances are scrutinised closely by both an Internal and External Auditor. The process for this year is well underway and the Parish Council's Section 1 and 2 of the 2020/21 Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) were approved by Councillors at their 21st June meeting and signed off. The Internal Auditor has also approved them and they now go forward for approval by the External Auditor.
Sections 1 and 2 of the AGAR can be viewed below along with the Official Notice of the Exercise of Public Rights and additional information as well as the Internal Auditor's report.
In accordance with the Local Audit and Accountability Act of 2014, local electors have the right to inspect the Accounts and associated documents. To do so they should contact the Parish Council's Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, Trevor Haylett, at Rose Cottage, 11 Cotmandene, Dorking RH4 2BL. Telephone 01306 881942 or email email@example.com to make arrangements between the hours of 11am and 3pm.