Spending by Uckfield Town Council this year on its newsletter is above budget.
The costs for April to November totalled £4,100, when the budget was £2,880, writes Paul Watson.
The newsletter, called The Uckfield Voice, is printed and published as part of a privately-owned monthly magazine, which is circulated to households.
Figures show the council’s expenditure so far this financial year is:
- April 2015 – £950
- July 2015 – £950
- September 2015 – £1,250
- November 2015 – £950
Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, told a general purposes committee meeting, the editorial panel had been encouraged by the previous town clerk to increase the amount of information published.
He said the editorial panel, now it was aware of the budgetary position, would control spending.
Committee chairman, Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood, said: “I think we are going to review our newsletter at the end of this year.”
Other Uckfield Town Council financial matters
Cllr Anderson told the meeting Uckfield Chamber of Commerce had “written a cheque” for £2,000 as its contribution towards providing the town’s Christmas lights.
The council’s financial figures to the end of November show that income (other than tax) was £134,340 against a budget of £122,006.
Civic centre income was up on budget by more than £10,000 at £70,629 and the Foresters Hall by more than £1,000 at £9,795.
• Uckfield Town Council has approved an increase in council tax of 2.1 per cent. See our story here: Homes growth in Uckfield reduces council tax increase.