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Town Council’s Finance

Council Tax 2019/20

Evesham Town Council voted to increase its precept by on average £2.82 per annum (23p per month) for the 2018/19 financial year.  This equates to 4.7% (rounded up to 5% on your council tax bill).  

The majority of the increase is attributed to works for the Almonry.  An additional £20,000 has been allocated for work to the Almonry as we hope to embark on renovation works to the building.  The Council is responsible for the upkeep of the Grade 1 listed Almonry building and has ambitious plans going forward to renovate and restore as well as present the collection in a better way.  

2019/20 is the second year since 2009 and 2018 that local government staff will see a cost of living pay increase beyond 1%, this has been budgeted for.

In the present year the Town Council has invested from reserves in the in the ‘Enlighten Evesham’ project in partnership with Wychavon District Council paying for the new lighting at the War Memorial.  

The average Evesham household (Band D property), will pay £59.54 per annum in 2019/20 to the Town Council, up from £56.72.  For comparison the average Band D precept charged by a parish/town council or charter trustee in England in Wales for 2018/19 was £64.05.  Evesham Town Council is still below the national average charge.     

 

 

Evesham Town Council voted to increase its precept costing the Evesham Council tax payer on average an extra £2.82 per annum (23p per month) for the 2019/20 financial year. 

This equates to 4.7% (rounded up to 5% on your council tax bill).  The majority of the increase is attributed to works for the Almonry.  An additional £20,000 has been allocated for work to the Almonry as we hope to embark on renovation works to the building.  The Council is responsible for the upkeep of the Grade 1 listed Almonry building and has ambitious plans going forward to renovate and restore as well as present the collection in a better way.  

2019/20 is the second year since 2009 and 2018 that local government staff will see a cost of living pay increase beyond 1%, this has been budgeted for.

In the present year the Town Council has invested from reserves in the in the ‘Enlighten Evesham’ project in partnership with Wychavon District Council paying for the new lighting at the War Memorial.  

The average Evesham household (Band D property), will pay £59.54 per annum in 2019/20 to the Town Council, up from £56.72.  For comparison the average Band D precept charged by a parish/town council or charter trustee in England in Wales for 2018/19 was £64.05.  Evesham Town Council is still below the national average charge.     

Evesham Town Council is predominantly funded by a precept that is collected from the town’s council tax payers.  

The Town Council also receives some income from the services it offers, allotments, Town Hall, Almonry Museum and Tourist Information Centre, and cemeteries, as well as sponsorship of certain things such as floral displays.  This income is also put into the budget to help pay for the services the Council offers.

The Town Council receives no funding from business rates, and no funding from central government direct.  The Town Council does apply for grants for specific projects when appropriate.

 

Councillors and Finance

Town Councillors, of which there are 24 in Evesham, are not paid, they are effectively volunteers.  The Town Mayor does receive an annual allowance (currently £5,000, which is subject to tax) to cover the cost of travel and other expenses related to the role.  Anybody can stand as a town councillor though there are criteria that have to be met, information on becoming a town councillor can be found here.

The Council as a whole sets the annual budget detailing how it intends to spend the money it raises.  This expenditure is monitored through the various committees. 


Staff and Finance

The Town Clerk is a fulltime paid employee of the Council, akin to a chief executive.  The Town Clerk is appointed by the Council and is not politically affiliated. The Town Clerk is primarily responsible for implementing the decisions of the council, advising the council, managing budgets, and overseeing the day-to-day running of the council.  The Town Clerk is also the Responsible Financial Officer and Proper Officer, both of which the Council is legally required to have. 

In total, the Council has eight fulltime and five part-time employees.  They work in three different locations, the Town Council office based at the Community Contact Centre on Abbey Road, the Almonry and Tourist Information Centre, and the grounds maintenance team based at Waterside Cemetery.

Below you will find various documents relating to the Town Council finances.

 

Grant Forms

If your group would like to apply for a grant, then please download and complete an application form here.  If you require any assistance then please contact the Town Clerk.