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Paper 8 - 28 January 2005 Meeting

HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

28 January 2005

SUBSCRIPTIONS AND BUDGET FOR THE ASSOCIATION 2005/2006

Joint report by the Honorary Treasurer and the Director

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RECOMMENDATIONS

(1) That the budget for 2005/2006 be approved; and

(2) That the Associationís membership subscription unit be continued at the present level of £2000 for the year ahead.

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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 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 in January.

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. Police and Fire Authorities 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 2004/2005

No of
Units of
Subscription
(£2000)

Individual
Subscription
£

Total
Subscriptions
£

Hampshire County Council

          4

       8000

       8000

Unitary Authorities

          3

       6000

     18000

District Councils

          2

       4000

     44000

Fire and Rescue Authority

          2

       4000

       4000

APTCs

(£1.00 per parish)

         240

Total subscriptions income

  £74,240

FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE ASSOCIATION 2004/2005

3. The Annex shows the Associationís expenditure last year, the budget and expected out-turn for this year and the budget proposed for next year.

4. The Honorary Auditor (Isle of Wight Treasurer) has signed off last yearís accounts. The Association started the current year with an operating balance of £31,868. This is too high and we aim to reduce the reserves to less than £20,000 by keeping subscriptions down.

CAPACITY BUILDING

5. The Association has assisted Member authorities with capacity building and has supported Local Strategic Partnerships. We have attracted £60,000 of ODPM grant over three years for LSP capacity building. This sum includes "dissemination" across the English regions and accounts for an estimated income of £6,000 in our own accounts this year.

PROJECTIONS FOR 2005/2006

6. Projections for next year show a continuation of the process of reducing accumulated reserves.

SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 2005/2006

7. It is proposed that the subscription rate be retained at its current level.

NICK TUSTIAN
Honorary Treasurer
 

NICK GOULDER
Director

Date: 16 December 2004

Annex: 1 (available on request)

Contact: Nick Goulder - 023 8068 8431, E-mail hiow@eastleigh.gov.uk

 

Last update: 00/00/2000
Author: Nick Goulder, Director

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