This year, with ever increasing costs, it has been necessary for the Parish Council to increase the annual precept (tax raised via the Gedling Borough Council annual rates invoice) up to a total of £19,905. Currently the parish precept is 2.2% of the total Council Tax bill (band D), this increase equates to an additional weekly charge of 52p per household.
Last year the Council capped its increase to 0.4%. However, the Parish Council needs to increase the 2022/23 precept to cover its increasing costs, including wages and legal obligations. Some costs are much the same for all parishes, so they are disproportionately greater per property for smaller ones like Papplewick. All costs are carefully scrutinised and we always seek competitive quotes for work and services.
This decision has not been taken lightly, and we wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some information about the things that the precept needs to cover within the annual budget: The Parish Council is responsible for, amongst other things, Church Lane maintenance, QE2 Playing Field maintenance (including mowing, tree management and maintenance of the play equipment), public liability insurance, digital presence and compliance. The costs for all of these items have steadily increased. Unfortunately, although we would like to be able to absorb the increases this has not been possible within our overall budget. Additionally, we seek and obtain grants or donations where possible to make our funds go further.
Stephanie Roberts (Chair)