Town Council Newsletter March 2013

council_logoPrecept and Council Tax bills
Every January the Town Council submit a request to Cotswold District Council (CDC) for a portion of the money that is collected through the Council tax bills. This figure is called the Precept and is the Town Councils main source of income. This year the Town Council has requested an increase of 15% which is a huge rise but in real terms this equates to a £10 increase over the year (less than 20p a week) for a D band house. (CDC uses a D band house as an average). Last year (2012 – 2013) the amount allocated on the Council Tax bill to Northleach with Eastington Town Council (NWETC) on a D band house was £68 and this year (2013 – 2014) that figure will be £78.

The 15% increase only relates to the Town Council portion and not the whole Council Tax bill. The remaining money is allocated to Gloucestershire County Council, the Police and Cotswold District Council. The Town Council are acutely aware of the current economic situation and how it affects them and other residents. However most costs are rising and other incomes such as those from the Westwoods, the Cemetery and Pavilion are not guaranteed. In addition various items are being handed down to local town and parish councils with little extra funding. This includes some grass cutting and salting and recently the Town Council were asked to contribute to a flood mitigation scheme in Northleach. Once in place this scheme should ease the flooding issues and help those householders struggling to get home insurance. The total cost of the project was £80K and NWETC was asked to contribute £3K. This contribution was a major reason for the increase. The Precept had not been raised significantly in recent years and the impact has been dwindling reserves. The Town Council are constantly reviewing costs, obtaining numerous quotes for work and trying to establish good value for money across their services.

Question of the Month
Where can I see details of the district’s core housing strategy? There is a display in the Westwoods foyer with a map and other documents including comment cards. This will remain in place for the near future.

Cotswold Budget Consultation

Dear Town & Parish Councils,
At the recent liaison meetings between the District Council and Town and Parish Councils, we talked about the Council’s new Aim and Priorities and outlined our budget proposals for the next few years and we appreciated the comments that we received from those able to attend.
We are now undertaking a wider consultation on the proposals and the details can be found on our website at COTSWOLD – Budget Consultation .

Please let us have your views on our proposals for a new Aim, Priorities and Budget Strategy by completing the consultation questionnaire on the above webpage. This consultation is open to all so please feel free to pass this link on to any other people in the District who you think may have a view.
Please note that the consultation closes on Friday 30th December 2011. We look forward to hearing from you.

Mike ClarkCorporate Planning Manager
Cotswold District Council
Tel: 01285 623000

Gloucestershire County Council Funding Bulletin

GCC funding bulletin has just been updated and can be found on GCC website .

Go to to find information on any County Council service. It couldn’t be easier to find information instantly and in some cases apply for services online.

Clarisse Forgues
External Funding Adviser
Chief Executive’s Support Unit
Gloucestershire County Council
Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2TG

Tel: 01452 426094