Parish Precept 2020/21

Published: 29 January 2020

The Parish Council are pleased to be able to share the details of next year’s budget that outlines how the many services we provide will be funded. Over the last few weeks the Parish Council have been considering the funding required to balance the costs and benefits of the services we provide in order to set the budget for next year. Parish Council activities already bring in a significant amount of non taxpayer income, and next year revenue generation activities are forecast to bring in £93,570. The forecast costs of running existing services is £342,120.

Burley Parish Council take pride in being forward thinking and provide a range of services that many other Parish Councils do not:

We have a project at an advanced stage to create a safe walking and cycle route into Burley (Wharfedale Greenway);

Last year we invested £500,000 in a building refurbishment programme for the Queens Hall, Library and Roundhouse, repayments for which are spread over several years;

We have 3,000 visitors a month using our library services;

We run some 15 regular events each week from the Queens Hall;

We have 121 young people currently going through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme which is self-funded, and contribute to the village Youthquake youth club.

The current precept 2019/20 is £67.50 per year for a Band D household. This generates a total precept tax of £201,441. The proposed precept tax for next year is £82.00 per year for a Band D household (£1.57 per week) generating an income of £248,550. This represents an increase of £14.50 per year per household.

The Parish Council are aware that wages are not rising at the same rate of this increase, and while we strive to provide discretionary services that are cost neutral, this takes time to achieve.

The most notable areas of increase are mainly due to the following:

  • Loss of Council Support Grant £7,368 (£2.66)
  • Payment of final QH/Library retention £12,400 (£4.10)
  • Payment of increased library costs to cover the proposed withdrawal of funds by Bradford £10,000 (£3.30)

The following table outlines where we have chosen to spend money on services and activities of benefit to residents.

(£)

Income

Costs

Net Cost

Administration

0

71,800

71,800

Wharfedale Greenway

0

12,000

12,000

Parks & Open Spaces

6,500

48,000

41,500

Investment in Burley (reserves, project& grants, building projects)

0

42,300

42,300

Allotments

2,500

1,500

-1,000

Library

9,000

30,500

21,500

Queens Hall

45,000

60,500

15,500

Round House

1,000

1,500

500

Support for Youth Services

29,570

31,100

1,530

Refurbishment loan repayment & release of final retention payment

0

42,920

42,920

Total

93,570

342,120

248,550

The Parish Council would welcome any suggestions for new sources of external funding for projects within the village, whether from charitable grants or other sources.