Wrexham Council accounts to 31 March 2013

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  • #65176

    wxm
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    Annual spend for the Council last year? :

    £2,586,000 Central Services to the Public
    £18,292,000 Cultural and Related Services
    £27,274,000 Environmental and Regulatory Services
    £9,994,000 Planning Services
    £132,284,000 Children’s and Education Services
    £15,207,000 Highways and Transport Services
    £54,874,000 Local Authority Housing
    £61,202,000 Other Housing Services
    £58,613,000 Adult Social Care
    £3,804,000 Corporate and Democratic Core
    £1,847,000 Non Distributed Costs
    £19,344,000 Other Operating Expenditure
    £37,103,000 Finance and Investment Income and Expenditure

    £442,424,000 in TOTAL spend, of which £243,030,000 comes from tax?

    #65150

    wrexview
    Participant

    “Connect magazine was named Best External Publication at the 2013 CIPR Cymru Pride Awards . “

    Still can’t understand how this is survived the cuts last year. Who reads it? How do they justify the £45,000 it costs every year?

    #65195

    dewi73
    Participant

    @wrexview 9869 wrote:

    “Connect magazine was named Best External Publication at the 2013 CIPR Cymru Pride Awards . “

    Still can’t understand how this is survived the cuts last year. Who reads it? How do they justify the £45,000 it costs every year?

    Totally agree

    #65158

    zinger
    Participant

    And me. All the stuff that comes with the free paper goes in the paper sack too.

    #65155

    Arfon Jones
    Member

    In Response to Wxm #16, this is the reply I had from the Accounts Manager WCBC:

    During 2011/12, as part of a rolling programme of valuation of property,plant and equipment, a review was undertaken of the Council’s schools, youth clubs and other education properties. As a result a charge for impairment loss of £18m was made to Childrens and Education services. The impairment charge in 2012/13 was £4m.

    This is referred to in note 20 (b), page 19 of the Statement of Accounts.

    #65161

    Iceman
    Member

    @wrexview 9869 wrote:

    “Connect magazine was named Best External Publication at the 2013 CIPR Cymru Pride Awards . “

    Still can’t understand how this is survived the cuts last year. Who reads it? How do they justify the £45,000 it costs every year?

    Spot on. Complete waste of money !

    #65177

    wxm
    Participant

    @arfon Jones 9876 wrote:

    In Response to Wxm #16, this is the reply I had from the Accounts Manager WCBC:

    During 2011/12, as part of a rolling programme of valuation of property,plant and equipment, a review was undertaken of the Council’s schools, youth clubs and other education properties. As a result a charge for impairment loss of £18m was made to Childrens and Education services. The impairment charge in 2012/13 was £4m.

    This is referred to in note 20 (b), page 19 of the Statement of Accounts.

    Thanks very much. Can the rest of the point be answered?:

    Apologies, but the point I am trying to make, is how the information from the accounts, provides us all with accurate financial facts to understand the revenue and spend for one year, and enable us all to debate collectively about what the revenue and spend budget should be for the forthcoming year.

    The survey with slide rules put out by the Council did not enable the community to comment on the whole budget. Surprisingly Education and Childrens Services spend is £14m down on the previous year. Is this trend likely to continue and why? [Answered]. Council democratic and running costs seem to be £27m, can this spend be reduced significantly? In other documents, the population of Wrexham is forecast to increase from 135k to 153k people, which would raise an additional rates income of about £8m per year?

    #65148

    Rob
    Participant

    @jimbow 9867 wrote:

    How can we have a shortfall of £120k ? when the parking areas are running at a 85% 0ccupancy level.What level of occupancy do the Council expect?Does the shortfall of £120k include any fines that may have been imposed for overstay situations?This could reduce that figure to zero.I notice in the report that there are no staffing implications associated with the report.Is Wrexham Council still employing the exact same number of traffic wardens whilst having a shortfall of £120k? It does not make sense to me.

    From today…

    Council Overspends Discussed At Scrutiny Committee | Wrexham.com

    “The £120k accounts for both elements. The enforcement issue, and it is a trend once enforcement teams get out then start enforcing, then behaviour changes.”

    One member did suggest as the easy targets in the town center have been nabbed…ahem…educated… that perhaps focus could be made on places outside the town centre!

    #65164

    jimbow
    Participant

    We are not given the split of the £120,000 shortfall in revenue, between loss of fines or free parking.The majority of free parking was in the Multi Storey in which there are 335 spaces for parking.If this facility is running at 92% occupancy between 9.00am and 5.00pm this would leave 27 spaces available for free parking.If all the free spaces were taken up the revenue lost would be in the region of £17,000 per annum.The quote of £120,000 seems rather high.

    #65165

    jimbow
    Participant

    If the Council are prepared to change the number of hours of free parking in the afternoons to 3.00pm to 5.00pm to increase revenue,then maybe they should take a look at charging for disabled parking.Many Councils (Llangollen) now have no free parking for disabled.The reason for disabled parking is to allow the disabled person closer access to their intended venue.It is not the car that is disabled and therefore a parking charge should apply to the car.Wrexham Council have 69 disabled parking spaces in town centre car parks.Running at an 85% occupancy would bring in around £85,000 per annum.

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