Town council finances show resilience in face of Covid-19

Uckfield Town Council’s finances are standing up to the chill economic winds caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cllr Paul Sparks said he was “very pleasantly surprised” at how good the latest income and expenditure figures were.

“I was expecting as a result of the pandemic they would be far, far worse.

“Looking at it in a fairly straight forward manner we seem to be only £17,500 worse off than the budgeted figures which I think is a remarkable achievement.

“Obviously, furlough [Government money] has helped but I think we should express our thanks to the town clerk, the assistant town clerk and all the staff within the town council who have managed our finances so well during a very difficult time, he said.

Chairman of the general purposes committee, Cllr Chris Macve, said he completely agreed with Cllr Sparks’ summary of the situation.

Luxfords Restaurant

Town clerk, Holly Goring said in the last month that £7,000 income for the use of the biomass boiler had come in, which was not in the latest figures.

Councillors at the committee meeting also considered the finances of Luxfords Restaurant.

Cllr Sparks, who chairs the finance sub committee, said he was also reassured when he saw the restaurant figures, helped by furlough money and a £10,000 grant from Wealden District Council.

More details in the agenda and papers for the general purposes committee [external link]

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