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Paper  10 - 26 January 2001

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

26 January 2001

SUBSCRIPTIONS AND BUDGET FOR THE ASSOCIATION 2001/2002

Report by the Policy Manager

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RECOMMENDATIONS

(1) That the monitoring report for 2000/2001 be noted;

(2) That the budget for 2001/2002 be approved;

(3) That the combined effects of inflation, VAT de-registration and extra costs be absorbed for the forthcoming year; and

(4) That the Associationís membership subscription unit be retained at £2,200
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BACKGROUND

1. The Associationís year is from 1 June to 31 May. This enables Member Local Authorities to appoint their representatives after the May elections. However, Member Authorities need to set their budgets now, so it is the Associationís policy to set its budget for next year, and agree subscriptions, at this time of year.

2. Member Authorities pay in accordance with their voting rights. Hampshire County Council has four votes and so pays four units of subscription, Unitary Authorities pay three, and District Councils pay two units. The Associations of Parish and Town Councils (APTCs) pay £1 per parish a year. The current subscriptions and income are shown in the table below:-

Subscriptions for 2000/2001

No of
Units of
Subscription
(£2,200)

Individual
Subscription

£

Total
Subscriptions

£

Hampshire County Council

4

8,800

8,800

Unitary Authorities

3

6,600

13,200

District Councils

2

4,400

48,400

APTCs

(£1.00 per parish)

243

Total subscriptions income

£70,643

FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE ASSOCIATION 2000/2001

3. The Auditor recently signed off last yearís accounts, and the Association started the current year with an operating balance of £31,393. This will be reduced somewhat through the combined effects of inflation, VAT de-registration and some extra costs. Extra costs have been incurred during the year on:-

* Staff training
* Member training and development
* Publication of a news bulletin.

PROJECTIONS FOR 2001/2002

4. With the Associationís reserves projected to stand at well over £25,000 it is felt that additional costs and inflation should be absorbed for another year.The Associationís budget for the current year and budget for 2001/2002 are shown in the Annex.

SUBSCRIPTION INCOME FOR 2000/2001

4. It is recommended that the subscription unit be retained at £2200. This means that there will be no change in the level of subscriptions.

NICK GOULDER
Policy Manager

Date: 14 December 2000
Annex: 1 (hard copy available on request)
Contact: Nick Goulder - 023 8068 8431, E-mail hiowlang@hants.gov.uk

Last update: 22/01/2001
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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