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Council Tax and Annual Audit

Parish Council Budget for  2022-2023

Parish Council Budget for next year, 2022-2023

By the time you read this you will have received your 2022/23 Council Tax bill from Lichfield District Council. This shows the amount due to your Parish Council is just £54.95 for a typical property (band “D”) which equates to approximately £1 per week. This includes an extra £4.95 per household – an increase equivalent to less than 10p per week. This will give the Council an extra £8,299 in total for the whole year.

Our 15 Councillors (all voluntary) make sure that the money is spent wisely and the following will explain the sort of areas where the money is spent.

You will have noticed the magnificent new Play Area constructed in Bit End Field which as I write is nearing completion. This is costing over £100,000 and is principally funded by a £75,000 grant from HS2/Groundwork with the Parish Council making up the difference of £25,000. We have also paid for electrics to be installed here so that a security light can be erected and possibly a CCTV system. Whilst the diggers are on the field we have paid for a new junction box to be installed to be used for the Countryside Fair which has saved us money.

The other great initiative that the Council is pursuing is the carrying out of a feasibility study to examine ways to reduce the carbon emissions from our homes. The Council is very concerned with the Climate Emergency and we successfully applied for a grant of £35,000 from the Rural Community Energy Fund to pay for a “Decarbonisation” study which I think will recommend using heat pumps to extract heat from the ground.

Other major expenditure during the last year includes:
(i) £6,600 to upgrade the paths at Noddington Park, and repair the matting under the swings.
(ii) With over 250 trees, excluding more than 300 pines at Whittington Woods, one of our biggest costs is to make sure those trees are in good condition. Unfortunately the heavy winds experienced during the past year have meant some major tree surgery has been required and we are grateful to Tonks for sorting out our damaged trees promptly. This has cost just over £3,100.
(iii) In addition we have spent £15,000 on general Grasscutting and Grounds Maintenance.
(iv) We paid £1,850 for Pitch repairs at the request of the football clubs using Bit End Field.
(v)  The fee to Lichfield District Council to empty litter and dog waste bins is in excess of £3,000.

So how are we going to spend the additional £8,299 during 2022/23?

We will be spending £12,500 next year to remove all the pine trees in Whittington Woods and replacing them with native trees. In terms of day to day expenditure I think the era of low inflation is over and we have budgeted for a 3% general increase in prices. We have also created a Reserve of £1,000 for celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. We have also put another ££2,500 into the Recreational Areas Reserve.

For 2022/23 the Council Tax for Whittington and Fisherwick (£54.95) is lower than many of our neighbouring parishes, and significantly lower than the national average for of £73 for parishes

I must place on record the Council’s gratitude to Ray Smythe for the excellent service he has given the Council over many years. Ray has now decided to hand over his quill to spend more time with his family.

The full budget details are included on the Parish Council’s website. Should you have any questions please contact the Parish Clerk.

2022_23 Budget _Web

Cllr Christine Millar – Chair of the Finance Committee
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ANNUAL AUDIT
All Parish Councils have to have their Accounts independently audit every year. Please see the previous audit certificates:

2021/22 ANNUAL EXTERNAL AUDIT

ConfirmationRegardingthe Exercise of PublicRights_21_22

AnnualGovernanceStatement_Section 1_2021_22

AccountingStatements_Section 2_2021_22

2022_InternalAudit_Signed

InternalAuditReport 21_22

Notice of Appointment of date for exercise of Public Rights

2022 A Summary of Public Rights

CLOSEDOWN_Working Paper

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2020/21 ANNUAL EXTERNAL AUDIT:
COMPLETED AUDIT
Whittington and Fisherwick Parish Council – completion letter
Whittington and Fisherwick Parish Council – audited AGAR 2020-21
Audit Completion Notice


Annual Return Part3 2020-21_SUBMITTED
Annual Governance Statement_Signed

AccountingStatement_Signed
2020_21 Annual Audit_Confirmation regarding the exercise of public rights
Ray Smythe Internal Auditor Statement 7th May 21
NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT
2020_21 Bank Reconciliation_Signed
Explanation of Significant Variances
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2019/20 Annual-Governance-Statement-2019_20
2019/20 Accounting Statements 2019_20
2019/20 Accounting Statements 2019_20
2019/20 Bank Reconciliation
2019/20 Confirmation of Contact Details
2019/20 Confirmation Regarding The Exercise Of Public Rights
2019/20 Explanation of Significant Variances 2019_20

2018/19 MAZARS Audit Certificate
2018/19 MAZARS Completion letter
2018/19 MAZARS Completion Notice
2018/19 Accounting Statements 2018_19
2018/19 Annual Governance Statement 2018_19
2018/19 2019_ExplanationOfSignificantVariances
2018/19 190331_Bank reconciliation
2017/18 2017_18 Audit Report_Mazars
2016/17 Grant Thornton Audit Certificate 2016-2017
2015/16 Audit Certificate GrantThornton 2015_2016
2014/15 Audit Certificate GrantThornton 2014_15
2013/14 Audit Certificate Grant Thornton 2013-2014

CIL Annual Report 2019_2020