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DIDDLEBURY PARISH COUNCIL                      
PRECEPT BUDGET FOR 2016/2017                      
This budget focuses purely on PRECEPT and does not include Highways Grant income/payments nor third party or ring-fenced funds    
                         
  Precept budget figures claimed for 2015 - 2016   Estimate of actual sum spent at 31.03.16   Suggested Precept figure for 2016 - 2017              
Subscriptions: SALC & CPRE £300.00   £262.26   £300.00              
                         
Insurance £275.00   £265.00   £265.00              
                         
Donations £250.00   £250.00   £250.00              
                         
Clerk's expenses inc. stationery,                        
ink cartridges, postage,                        
travelling expenses,                        
Broadband & telephone costs,                        
printing & other office                        
consumables inc. VAT £350.00   £341.36   £350.00              
                         
Clerk's gross salary (inc PAYE) £1,700.00   £1,700.00   £1,700.00 review due          
                         
DVH hire for meetings £160.00   £145.00   £145.00              
                         
Westhope Village Hall hire £45.00   £45.00   £45.00              
                         
Contingencies/misc. items £100.00   £13.50   £50.00              
                         
Asset maintenance £nil   £nil   £50.00              
                         
Training courses £100.00   £20.00   £55.00              
                         
Payroll administration £nil   £47.50   £50.00              
                         
  £3,280.00   £3,089.62   £3,260.00    Provisional sum          
                         
NOTES                        
1 Suggested Precept Budget for 2016/2017 - £3260  - but see Note 5 below and figure is subject to review of Clerk's salary.  
  The Clerk is currently paid for 4 hours per week (208 hours p.a.) at the rate of £8.18  per hour - £1700 p.a. gross.  NALC scales  recommend £9.29 per hour, which would  increase the salary to £1,932 p.a.
                         
2 Estimated  Precept reserves as at 31st March 2016 - £4,761            
  (NB: The estimated reserves last year were £3,075 and were in fact £3,071).  Reserves are £1,686 higher this year as the budget was  £3,280 but £4,449 was claimed in order to build up a capital reserve.  
                         
3 Recent Precept history                  
  2015 - 2016 - £4,449                  
                         
  2014 - 2015 - £4,449 (plus £234 Council Tax Support Grant)        
                         
  2013 - 2014 - £3,449 (plus £201 Council Tax Support Grant)        
                         
  2013 - 2013 - £2,650                  
                         
4 Effect of the Precept on the Diddlebury Council Tax payers            
  Last year                      
   The Precept of £4,449 in 2015/2016  cost Council Tax payers in Band D £17.54        
                         
  This year - 2016/2017                  
  Shropshire Council that a  Precept claimed of £4,449 (or up to £4,510) would cost Council Tax payers in Band D £17.31
  Any additional Precept would cost taxpayers an extra £0.39 per £100, or £3.89 per £1,000.      
                         
5 The suggested Precept Figure of £3260 is purely for the overheads and administration of DPC in the financial year 2016/2017 plus a small sum for asset maintenance.  It allows no build up of reserves for any future capital projects or asset replacements.  Nor does it provide for any increase in the Clerk's salary.
                         
J. de Rusett                        
Clerk/RFO                        
11th January, 2016