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Those present:

 

Chairman:  Cllr D Cornock.

 

Councillor:  Cllr G Craig, Cllr H Hendry, Cllr K Paul, Cllr  J Wilson.

 

Officer:  Mrs K Woods.

 

1.  Apologies.

Apologies were received from Cllr Ms P Hartland and Cllr M Rashid.

 

2.  Minutes of Previous Finance and General Purposes Committee Meeting.

It was RECOMMENDED: That the Minutes of the previous Finance and General Purposes Committee meeting held on Monday 4th December 2017 be approved as a true and correct record.

 

3.  Matters Arising.

There were no matters arising.

 

4.  Correspondence.

a.)  WALC - Re: Assistance for Parish and Town Councils.

It was RECOMMENDED: That this item be received and noted.

 

b.)  Solihull-Sustain - Re: Sustain alert 22/12/2017.

It was RECOMMENDED: That this item be received and noted.

 

c.)  Citizens Advice Bureau - Re: Next meeting Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 1.00pm (Junction B37 5HA) to talk about Universal Credit.

It was RECOMMENDED: That this item be received and noted.

 

d.)  West Midlands Police - Re: Neighbourhood Alerts: Request for information by Solihull Police; Update - White Jaguar XF; Great arrest news Solihull; Community Safety and Crime Question Time - Meriden Constituency; Burglary Home Security; National fraud Survey - from the Neighbourhood Watch Network.

It was RECOMMENDED: That these items be received and noted.

 

5.  Planning Applications.

a.)  Jensen House - Re: Change of use from Class B1 Office Accommodation to Education D1.   

It was RECOMMENDED: That the Parish Council have no objections to this application.

 

6.  Smith’s Wood Community Gym.

a.)  Gym Figures.

Members were presented with the gym figures.

 

7.  Accounts Presented, Bank Reconciliation and Budget.

a.)  Expenditure.

It was RECOMMENDED: That the following accounts be approved.

Direct Debit, Bill Payments and Standing Orders

05/12/2017  -  LDC STORES - cleaning materials  - £46.32

05/12/2017  -  S/WOOD PRIMARY ACADEMY - shared maintenance  - £27.28

06/12/2017  -  MIRRORSTONE - replacement lights for hall  - £334.31

07/12/2017  -  BRITISH TELECOM - Clerk’s office  - £23.06

07/12/2017  -  NEST PENSION  - £5.88

11/12/2017  -  BANK CHARGES  - £16.55

12/12/2017  -  VAT RETURN  - £772.52

15/12/2017  -  BRITISH TELECOM - gym office  - £22.57

15/12/2017  -  MULLER MILK - S/Wood Primary Academy  - £914.88

15/12/2017  -  MULLER MILK - St/John the Baptist School  - £312.16

15/12/2017  -  L.G.P.S.  - £526.70

16/12/2017  -  BANK CHARGES  - £3.00

18/12/2017  -  NEST PENSION  - £6.42

19/12/2017  -  IRIS SOFTWARE - A.E.  - £12.14

19/12/2017  -  IRIS SOFTWARE - A.E.  - £6.62

20/12/2017  -  MIRRORSTONE - replacement lights in hall  - £152.16

21/12/2017  -  NEST PENSION  - £29.54

27/12/2017  -  NEST PENSION  - £6.10

29/12/2017  -  ANGEL SPRINGS - water cooler  - £40.04

02/01/2018  -  BUSINESS RATES  - £1165.00

02/01/2018  -  INLAND REVENUE - p.a.y.e.  - £886.86

04/01/2018  -  BRITISH TELECOM - Clerk’s office  - £22.20

05/01/2018  -  NEST PENSION  - £5.88

05/01/2018  -  SITE MAINTENANCE - litter pick  - £54.00           

 

b.)  Precept.

b.i.)  Scales and Fees

It was RECOMMENDED: That the daily charges for the Community Gym be increased by 20p.  Weekly and Monthly fees to remain the same.

 

b.ii.)  Wage Rise

It was RECOMMENDED: That the staff will receive a 2% pay rise effective from 1st April 2018.

 

b.iii.)  Precept           

It was RECOMMENDED: That the precept for the financial year 2018/2019 be increased by 1%, the figures are as follows:

 

Parish Council Expenditure

Solicitor’s Fees  - £ 0.00

Capital Expenditure  - £5,000.00

Salaries and Wages  - £98,000.00

Administration  - £9,000.00

Organised Events and Projects  - £3,000.00

Shared Maintenance  - £3,000.00

Ground Maintenance  - £2,000.00

Milk to Local Primary Schools  - £11,500.00

Grants to Voluntary Organisations  - £0.00   

Contingency Fund  - £2,500.00

Other Expenses  - £1,500.00

Running Costs  - £17,000.00

Business Rates  - £13,500.00

Sinking Fund  - £0.00

Less Income from Fun Day  - £-500.00

Less Income from Community Gym  - £-32,000.00

Total Expenditure  - £133,500.00

Less Reserves  - £ -12,000.00

Parish Precept  - £121,500.00

 

c.)  Bank Reconciliation.

It was RECOMMENDED: That the bank reconciliation as at 31st December 2017 be accepted.

 

8.  Members Requests at the Chairman’s Discretion.

There were no requests received.

 

9.  Exclusion of Public and Press.

It was RECOMMENDED: That in accordance with Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the following Agenda items: Staff Matters and Wages; Health and Safety; Security.