Finance, General Purposes & Strategic Committee

Committee Membership 2016 – 2017

Chairman – Bob Gettings

Deputy Chairman – Simon Kimberley

Chairman of Commercial Development – Roger Bell

Chairman of Highways – Jim Aveyard

Chairman of Planning – Robert Finnigan

Andy Dalton

Judith Elliott

Andrew Hutchison

Wyn Kidger

Shirley Varley

The main duties of the Finance, General Purposes & Strategic Committee are to: monitor monthly accounts including payment and revenue records; consider annual Council budgets for referral to Council for approval; authorise and monitor non-budgets expenditure up to £5,000; oversee investment accounts, taxation and excise duties, banking arrangements; approve appointment of auditors; accept gifts and legacies on behalf of the community; approve purchase, lease and rental of land and buildings.  It will also deal with strategic matters such as:-

  • Making recommendations to council regarding status of a committee/sub-committee/working group;
  • making recommendations to council re. adopting and changing Standing Orders/Financial Regulations; agreeing and/or amending Terms of Reference and their composition;
  • making recommendations to council in relation to major civic matters as thought to be appropriate;
  • monitor progress and implementation of the ‘Localism Bill’;
  • oversee council communications such as campaigns, leaflets, newsletters, press and other media, publicity and public information including website creation; lead the community planning process and develop a plan for approval by council;
  • lead and develop the council service plan for approval by council; make recommendations regarding budgetary and policy requirements for future years in relation to council plans;
  • approval of councillor training proposals.

This Committee will also oversee the planning, organisation and monitoring of regular civic functions, such as Mayor’s Sunday, Mayor’s Ball, Mayor/Mayoress’s “At Home”, and to identify any ‘one- off’ civic functions or receptions.

Committee Meetings

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  1. Attendance/Apologies for Absence
  1. Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary and Other Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-18 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.  Also to declare any other significant interests which the member wishes to declare in the public interest, in accordance with paragraphs 19 to 20 of the Members’ Code of Conduct

  1. To approve minutes of meeting dated 16/2/17
  1. To approve Financial Reports for February 2017 and Payments and Receipts Registers for February 2017 (see attached)
  1. To discuss and agree appropriate ‘virements’ between Civic Duties budget headings
  1. To receive Mayoral events update – Cllr R Gettings
  1. To receive verbal update on progress of proposed Arts Space, Windsor Court
  1.     To receive verbal update on progress of formulation of a Neighbourhood Plan (ratified by Full Council on 7/9/16)
  2. To further consider proposal to carry out DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Checks on Town Council members and employees, with associated costs
  3. To further consider proposal to have a ‘Town Council’ award presented at the annual Business Awards organised by Morley Chamber of Trade & Commerce – Cllr R Gettings
  4. To consider request from Churwell Action Group to pay invoice dated 10/3/17 from Domalarms for £348.00 (including VAT) in respect of ‘Maintenance agreement for CCTV system in Churwell Park’
  5.  To review and discuss Town Council’s ‘Press and Media Policy’ (approved at Full Council meeting held on 29/1/2014)
  6.  To approve payment of invoices and item(s) of expenditure, as follows:-(i) Expenditure in respect of salaries and pension contributions for March 2017.
  7. To Note Expenditure under Town Clerk’s Delegated Authority (Standing Order 19e) – item for information only:-                                                         (i) Credit Card – £28.45 re. Talk Talk Broadband fee

(ii)      Petty cash to W Maynard-Light for £5.40 re. taxi fare to attend Planning Committee meeting on 21/2/17

(iii) Invoice dated Invoice dated 13/3/17 from Neopost Finance Limited for £96.57 (plus VAT) re. Franking Machine rental 19/4/17 to 18/7/17

(iv)       Petty cash to K Oakley £6.45 re. Special Delivery Fee.

(v)        Petty cash to W Maynard-Light for £5.40 re. taxi fare to attend Community Development Committee meeting on 2/3/17

Civic Duties expenditure

  • £65.00 to Cllr R Gettings re. Community Contributions (Nov/Dec 2016)
  • £29.00 to Cllr R Gettings re. Community Contributions (Jan/Feb 2017)
  • £124.69 to Cllr L Gettings – reimb of expenditure for various catering; drinks and fan heater for Mayor’s Parlour.
  • £149.61 to Cllr L Gettings – reimb of expenditure for catering/drinks for Mayor’s Parlour
  • £453.60 to Visage Fine Art in respect of 12 Portrait Frames
  • £129.50 to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for 7 Remembrance Wreaths
  • £12.00 to Normanton Town Council for 2 tickets to Normanton Charity Concert
  1. To Receive Items of Correspondence (for information only)
  1. Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting will take place on Thursday, 27th April 2017.



  1. 2/6/16  –  Grant to Morley & District Lions Club re. Annual March & Hymn Tune Contest held on 19/6/16 – £2, 00030/6/16  –  Instaplanta re. Community Cleaning 1/4/16 to 30/4/16 – £1,011.47 plus VAT30/6/16  –  Instaplanta re. Community Cleaning 1/5/16 to 31/5/16 – £789.44 plus VATOther payments in respect of Salaries, Pension Contributions & Quarterly Tax & NI ContributionsJULY 2016

    8/7/16  –  Grant to Morley Arts Festival – £2,500.00

    8/7/16  –  Grant to Morley In Bloom – £3,500.00

    8/7/16  –  Grant to The Royal Society of St George – £6,500.00

    29/7/16  –  Instaplanta re. Community Cleaning 1/6/16 to 30/6/16 – £904.57 plus VAT

    Other payments in respect of Salaries and Pension Contributions

    AUGUST 2016 

    Other payments in respect of Salaries and Pension Contributions

    31/8/16  –  Longbow Lawns re. Public Rights of Way Maintenance – £696.00

    SEPTEMBER 2016 

    15/9/16  –  Instaplanta re. Community Cleaning 1/7/16 to 31/7/16 – £1258.17 plus VAT

    Other payments in respect of Salaries, Pension Contributions & Quarterly Tax & NI Contributions

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Morley Town Council is committed to ensuring the provision of a high standard of cost-effective and best value for money community services, which will enhance the quality of life for the residents of the area.