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Council budget breakdown outlined

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Cheadle Town Council has provided reasons why there have been several changes to its budget for the next financial year. There were a number of increases within certain areas of the budget. One of these was ‘Staff and Council Training’ which rose 500 per cent from last year to £1,500 from £250.

Cheadle Town Council has provided reasons why there have been several changes to its budget for the next financial year.

There were a number of increases within certain areas of the budget. One of these was ‘Staff and Council Training’ which rose 500 per cent from last year to £1,500 from £250.

The Times & Echo contacted the town council regarding some of the budget increases.

A spokesperson for the council said the reason for the increase in training costs, was because both clerks “are relatively new to the industry so have been put through training.”

They added: “We’ve got new councillors coming in all the time so they’ll be needing to go on more training, people are being more proactive.”

IT Support has seen a 50 per cent increase on funds, up from £1,000 to £1,500. This covers the cost of such things as Microsoft software purchasing, laptops and the replacement of old or outdated equipment.

There has been a rise this time around as the council is looking to bring in more equipment in the coming year, such as a projector so presentations to councillors can be made easier.

Cheadle Town Council is to pay High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) just over £160,000 in the next financial year – by far its biggest outgoings. It has been increased by more than £10,000 from last year’s budget.

The council spokesman explained that the council’s payment to HPBC is for the maintenance of its grounds, such as the cemetery and grave digging, Churchill Road Recreation Field, Tean Road Recreation Field and other pieces of land.

The figure has risen by seven per cent from last year “due to inflation”, with the amount allocated for gas and electric – £3,600 – up by £1,000 “due to rising prices within the sector.”

One area that has seen a big decrease in fund allocation is the council’s ‘Infrastructure Reserves.’ Money is kept in this pot in the event that council-owned assets, such as buildings and structures, need repairing or maintenance work. This has been slashed from £20,000 to £5,000.

Burial Ground Reserves within its ‘Reserves from Unspent Balances’ category sits at £82,245.

Various subscriptions the council attains has risen 119 per cent from £650 to £1,427 while monies for stationary and printing having been reduced from £6,500 to £5,000.

Telephone and packaging amounts have been reduced by £300 to £3,200 while solicitor’s fees are cut by £250 to £750.

It will cost Cheadle Town Council £1,440 to hire the Council Chambers in Leek Road, for the year again this time around.

As previously reported by the Times & Echo, £7,500 has been set aside for a joint Party in the Park and Queens Jubilee celebrations this summer.

The Community Reassurance Programme – a new pot for this year – has been allocated £8,820.

Meanwhile, the budget for elections (£4,000), Mayors Allowance (£2,000) and Lengthsman finances (£3,000) have remained the same as last term.

Salaries have seen a rise of just over two per cent, the figure for the next financial year sitting at £68,900.

A total of £10,000 has been given out in ‘community grants’ with £16,000 to be distributed for all ‘approved grants.’

The amount for Christmas lights – one of the main town events of the year – remains at £10,000 for another year.

Overall, the council’s total expenditure is to increase to £309,905 – a rise of £19,882 from last year.

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