Finance & Governance Committee Meeting

MINUTES of the meeting held 29th April 2024


In attendance:

Cllr Steve Hogben

Cllr Kev Murray

Cllr Jill Rhodes

Cllr John Rhodes

Cllr Dennis Straine-Francis


FG/23/6/1 To receive apologies for absence
  Cllrs Clark, Messent & Mortimer
FG/23/6/2    To note declarations of Members’ interests
FG/23/6/3 To confirm and sign the Minutes of the Finance and Governance Committee meeting held on 11th March 2024

RESOLVED: That the minutes are approved as a true record of the meeting

FG/23/6/4 Public Participation
  A period not exceeding 15 minutes for members of the public to ask questions or submit comments in relation to the published agenda items.


FG/23/6/5 To review the year to date financial position and material variances for Crewe Town Council

[standing item – information unavailable at the start of the financial year] – no action

FG/23/6/6 To Consider and approve payments to date for recommendation to council between 01/02/2024 and 31/03/2024 To the value of £234,899.69

RESOLVED: That the spend of £234,899.69 is approved for recommendation to council

FG/23/6/7 To review the following Governance Documents as part of the Annual Governance Review Process:-

7.1  New Policy – Reserves Policy

7.2  Employee Handbook

7.3  Standing Orders

  RESOLVED: That the policies are approved for recommendation to council
FG/23/6/8 To receive and approve the internal audit report for 2023/24 and recommend to council

RESOLVED: That the internal audit report is approved for recommendation to council

FG/23/6/9 To receive and approve the completed Annual Governance and Accountability Report (AGAR) 2023/24 and supporting information for recommendation to council

RESOLVED: That the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) 2023/24 is approved for recommendation to council

FG/23/6/10 To consider the provision of a town/parish newsletter

Members expressed support for the principle and sought that, prior to further consideration, all members are consulted on the approach and means of distribution, as well as consideration of third sector groups representing those who are less likely to engage with digital media as well as groups representative of those who may benefit from printing in a variety of languages other than English. Members expressed that up to twice a year production would be maximum anticipated regularity initially and that a further more detailed mock up would be helpful as well as the establishment of an informal editorial board consisting of councillors.


The proposal was welcomed and, subject to further details (as above), the committee supports the principle.

FG/23/6/11 To consider the disposal of the redundant Christmas lights currently held in storage

RESOLVED:  That the disposal is approved

FG/23/6/12 To note the proposed date of the next meeting 3rd June at 6pm.


Meeting closed 7pm


Chair      Cllr Jill Rhodes

Clerk      P Turner


Meeting documents

Agenda pack for Finance and Governance 290424

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