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Appendix 1


Third Quarter Financial Update 2022/23
Corporate Services – Policy Advisory Committee
6th February 2023
Lead Officer:  Mark Green
Report Author: Paul Holland





Part A: Executive Summary & Overview                                     Page 2

Part B: Third Quarter Revenue Budget 2022/23     

B1)    Revenue Budget: Council                                                      Page 6 

B2)    Revenue Budget: Corporate Services (CS PAC)                        Page 7 

B3)    CS PAC Revenue Budget: Significant Variances                        Page 9

B4)    Other Revenue Budgets: Significant Variances                          Page 10

B5)    Virements                                                                          Page 13

Part C: Third Quarter Capital Budget 2022/23    

C1)    Capital Budget: Council                                                        Page 15

C2)    Capital Budget: Corporate Services (CS PAC)                          Page 15

C3)    Capital Budget Variances                                                     Page 17

Part D: Third Quarter Local Tax Collection 2022/23   

D1)    Collection Fund                                                                   Page 20

D2)    Collection Rates                                                                  Page 20    

D3)    Business Rates Retention (BRR)                                            Page 21

Part E: Reserves & Balances 2022/23 

E1)    Reserves & Balances                                                           Page 23

Part F: Treasury Management 2022/23          

F1)     Introduction                                                                       Page 25

F2)     Economic Headlines                                                            Page 25    

F3)     Council Investments                                                            Page 25

F4)     Council Borrowing                                                               Page 26

Part G: Maidstone Property Holdings      

G1)    Maidstone Property Holdings Ltd. (MPH)                                 Page 28    

G2)    MPH Headlines                                                                    Page 28


Part Aart A




Executive Summary & Overview


This report provides members with the financial position as at 31 December 2022, covering activity for both the Council as a whole and this committee’s revenue and capital accounts for the third quarter of 2022/23.

In 2021/22, income recovered more strongly than expected from the pandemic and the Council generated a modest surplus compared with budget. For 2022/23, there is no more direct government funding to cover the costs of Covid, but the Council has been able to set a balanced budget. Additional provision of £1.3 million was made within the 2022/23 budget for the expected impact of higher inflation on the Council’s input costs.  The projected peak level of inflation has continued to increase since the budget was set and this is likely to have an impact in particular on contract and energy costs, so the requirement for this provision will be monitored carefully to assess whether it will be adequate.   If at any stage it appears that an overspend is likely, measures will need to be taken in-year to bring the budget back into balance.

The third quarter monitoring report provides the forecast year end position for revenue and capital and updates the Committee on a range of other inter-related financial matters including Local Tax Collection, Reserves and Balances, Treasury Management and Maidstone Property Holdings.

The budgets in this report are the revised estimates for 2022/23.

The headlines for Quarter 3 are as follows:

Part B:   Revenue Budget – Q3 2022/23

·         At the Quarter 3 stage, the Council has incurred net expenditure of £8.476m against a profiled budget of £10.306m, representing an underspend of £1.830m.

·         For the services reporting directly to CS PAC, net expenditure of £2.199m has been incurred against a profiled budget of £2.960m, representing an underspend of £0.761m.

Part C:   Capital Budget – Q3 2022/23

·         At the Quarter 3 stage, the Council has incurred overall expenditure of £12.232m against a budget allocation within the Capital Programme of £32.631m.

·         Expenditure for services reporting directly to CS PAC of £2.197m has been incurred against the budget of £10.079m.

Part D:   Local Tax Collection 2022/23

·         Collection rates were not met for the third quarter, but only by a small margin.  Going forward we will need to monitor how the financial environment impacts the level of collection.

·         The Council is working with other Kent councils to establish the third quarter forecast for the Kent Business Rates Pool in 2022/23.

Part E:   Reserves & Balances 2022/23

·         The unallocated balance on the General Fund at 1 April 2022 was £13.2m. It is anticipated that balances will remain above the minimum level set by Council.



Part F:   Treasury Management 2022/23

·         The Council held short-term investments of £28.13m and had £5.000m in long term PWLB borrowing as at 31st December 2022.

Part G:   Maidstone Property Holdings Ltd. (MPH)

·         MPH net rental income for Quarter 3 2022/23 was £663,654.  Rent arrears as at 31st December 2022 were minimal.


Part B
Third Quarter Revenue Budget 2022/23

B1)  Revenue Budget: Council

B1.1  At the Quarter 3 stage, the Council has incurred net expenditure of £8.476m against a profiled budget of £10.306m, representing an underspend of £1.830m.

B1.2  Tables 1, 2 and 3 below provide further insight into the Council’s income and expenditure position for Quarter 3 2022/23 by providing alternative analyses: by Policy Advisory Committee (PAC), Lead Member, Priority and Subjective Heading.

Table 1: Net Expenditure 2022/23 (@ 3rd Quarter): Analysis by PAC

Table 2: Net Expenditure 2022/23 (@3rd Quarter): Analysis by PRIORITY

Table 3: Net Expenditure 2022/23 (@ 3rd Quarter): Analysis by SUBJECTIVE SPEND


Table 4: Net Expenditure 2022/23 (@ 3rd Quarter): Analysis by LEAD MEMBER


B2)  Revenue Budget: Corporate Services PAC

B2.1  Table 4 below provides a detailed summary of the budgeted net expenditure position for the services reporting directly into CS PAC at the end of Quarter 3. The financial figures are presented on an accruals basis (i.e. expenditure for goods and services received, but not yet paid for, is included). The Lead Member for Corporate Services is responsible for all the services shown below.  

Table 4: CS Revenue Budget: NET EXPENDITURE (@ 3rd Quarter 2022/23)



B2.2  The table shows that, at the Quarter 3 stage, for the services reporting directly to CS PAC, net expenditure of £2.199m has been incurred against the budget of £2.960m, representing an underspend of £0.761m.

B3)  CS Revenue Budget: Significant Variances

B3.1  Within the headline figures, there are a number of both adverse and favourable net expenditure variances for individual cost centres. It is important that the implications of variances are considered at an early stage, so that contingency plans can be put in place and, if necessary, be used to inform future financial planning.  Variances will be reported to each of the Policy Advisory Committees on a quarterly basis throughout 2022/23.

B3.2  Table 5 below highlights and provides further detail on the most significant variances at the end of Quarter 3.




















Table 5: CS PAC Variances (@ 3rd Quarter 2022/23)


Positive Variance





Year End Forecast Variance

Corporate Services


Sandling Road Site - Security costs for the site were not budgeted for when the Council took responsibility for the site. There have also been some issues with collecting all the income due, and additional energy costs are anticipated.




Maidstone House – Landlord – There is some significant rental income that it appears it is unlikely that we will receive. There is also the possibility of further electricity costs that could worsen the forecast variance.




Contingency – It is anticipated that this will be fully utilised to deal with budget pressures that are likely to arise over the remainder of the year.




Unapportionable Central Overheads - Due to staff vacancies payments to the Kent County Council Pension Fund are lower than forecast.




Elections – This variance is due to an increase in postal costs, due to Royal Mail price rises and an increase in the size of the electorate. There was also an increase in the recharge from the Depot.




External Interest Payable - A significant portion of this budget relates to the Minimum Revenue Provision the Council has to make to meet the costs of borrowing for the capital programme. The budget assumed that there would be a higher level of borrowing at this stage than there actually has been.




Interest & Investment Income – Interest rates are higher now than had been forecast when the budget was set.




Archbishops Palace – Further energy costs are anticipated before the end of the financial year.




Sundry Corporate Properties - The budget includes a Medium-Term Financial Strategy saving for additional income from new property acquisitions. However, to date there have been no acquisitions this year. Further energy costs are also anticipated before the end of the financial year.




Salaries – This variance broadly reflects vacant posts throughout the year, after taking into account projected slippage.




Maidstone House – MBC Tenant – There are underspends against the repairs and maintenance budgets, but there is the possibility that further electricity costs could impact the forecast variance.




Apprentices  Programme – There has only been one apprentice in the programme this year. There was also budget for a Kent & Medway Medical School scholarship that has not been awarded.





B4)  Other Revenue Budgets: Significant Variances

B4.1  Tables 6, 7 and 8 below highlight and provide further detail on the most significant variances.

Table 6: Planning Services PAC Variances (@ 3rd Quarter 2022/23)


Positive Variance





Year End Forecast Variance

Planning & Infrastructure






Development Control Advice – Income from Pre-application discussions and Planning Performance Agreements is down against the budgeted figures.




Planning Policy – The budget is projected to be fully spent by the end of the year.




Salaries - This variance broadly reflects vacant posts throughout the year, after taking into account projected slippage.





Local Plan Review


B4.1 The Local Plan Review (LPR) process is an important, high profile and continuous task

undertaken by the Planning Services team. The associated revenue spending profile however

is cyclical and does not fit the conventional 12-month financial planning process for general

revenue expenditure. Instead, spending tends to follow the five-year production period of

each Local Plan with various peaks and troughs over that time period.


B4.2 The LPR process is therefore funded through an annual £200,000 revenue contribution, in

addition to the existing service budget, with any remaining unspent balances at year end

automatically rolled forward into the following financial year. The table below shows the

available revenue resources currently allocated to fund LPR activities, and the spend as at 31st December 2022.



Opening Balance 01/04/2022

Spending April - December 2022

Forecast Spending January - March 2023

Forecast Spending Balance 31/03/2023











Table 6a, Local Plan Review budget (Q3, 2022/23)


B4.3 In addition to the annual funding a further £1m was allocated from the New Homes Bonus for 2022/23 for the LPR.




Positive Variance





Year End Forecast Variance

Planning & Infrastructure






Pay & Display Car Parks – Occupancy levels continue to be higher than forecast with the majority of car parks performing better than budgeted for.




Sandling Road Car Park – Running costs budgets are underspent and income greater than forecast.




Former Park & Ride Sites – Spend against the running costs budgets is lower than forecast.






















Table 7: Communities, Housing & Environment PAC Variances (@ 3rd Quarter 2022/23)


Positive Variance





Year End Forecast Variance

Communities, Housing & Environment Committee


Cemetery – Income is greater than forecast, and it is proposed to use some of this to install a music and webcast system in the chapel when it re-opens.




Crematorium – Income is higher than forecast due to a continuing high level of demand for the service, with the death rate being higher than normal recently.




Public Conveniences - This variance relates to a growth item for the cost of the new toilets at Mote Park, which have only just opened.  




Household Waste Collection - The overspend relates to additional bin purchases and the costs of a consultant for the waste contract renewal.




Commercial Waste Services – Income from internal MBC customers has increased, as has the demand from trade sacks from external customers.




Recycling Collection – There has been additional income from green bin hire.




Homelessness Temporary Accommodation – Demand continues to be high for temporary accommodation, and this is due mainly to the rise in the cost of living over the last few months. There are also issues with getting people out of temporary accommodation as soon as possible, this has proved very difficult. Housing are looking at how the Homefinder scheme can help boost access to more private letting.




Salaries - This variance broadly reflects vacant posts throughout the year, after taking into account projected slippage.












Table 8: Economic Regeneration & Leisure PAC Variances (@ 3rd Quarter 2022/23)


Positive Variance





Year End Forecast Variance

Economic Regeneration & Leisure Committee


Innovation Centre – As reported previously there is an overspend on business rates for empty offices. There have also been additional maintenance costs incurred which were not anticipated when the building was opened.  No allowance has yet been made for Non-Domestic Rates paid in advance from October 2022 to March 2023. Once this has been adjusted this will show a breakeven financial position.




Lockmeadow Complex – This variance reflects an increase in rental income from the units at the complex. However, further energy costs are anticipated before the end of the financial year.




Business Terrace Expansion (Phase 3) – Not all the units are occupied, and it is anticipated that this will continue to be the case for the remainder of the year.




Market – Income for lettings for all streams are down against the budget.





B5)  Virements

B5.1  In accordance with the Council’s commitment to transparency and recognised good practice, virements (the transfer of individual budgets between objectives after the overall budget has been agreed by full Council) are reported to the CS PAC on a quarterly basis.

B5.2  Virements may be temporary, meaning that there has been a one-off transfer of budget to fund a discrete project or purchase, or permanent, meaning that the base budget has been altered and the change will continue to be reflected in the budget for subsequent years.

B5.3  The virements made in Quarter 3 are presented in Table 9 below.










Table 9: Virements (@ 3rd Quarter 2022/23)




Value £


Establish Budget for Business Terrace Coordinator

Economic Development Section

Facilities Section



Adjust Leasing Estimates

Parks & Open Spaces/Street Cleansing

Revenue Funding & Capital - Vehicle & Equipment Funding



Fund Policy & Implementation Programme Manager

New Homes Bonus

Additional Staff LPR



Additional Fund for New Website

Business Rates Growth Earmarked Balances




Fund Jubilee Street Party

Business Rates Growth Earmarked Balances

Jubilee Street Party



Fund Greater North Kent Partnership

Business Rates Growth Earmarked Balances

Financial Contribution to TGKP



Fund Borough Wide Support Membership

Business Rates Growth Earmarked Balances

Borough Wide Support



Fund Charges from Reserve

Homelessness Prevention & TA Reserve

Homelessness Prevention Grant



Fund New Crematorium Lawnmowers

Revenue Funding for Capital

Cremation Fees



Fund Officer Honorarium

Beechwood Community Hall

Facilities Section




Write-off of unpaid rent

There is a sum of £25,152 in unpaid rent in respect of 2 Chillington House, and this report is recommending that the Executive write this sum off as it is considered uncollectable.

Mid-Kent Legal Services have been involved throughout the process working closely with the Housing team to try and recover some or all of this sum. A formal procedure was followed which included writing to the tenant, seeking further advise from Counsel and finally issuing a notice to forfeit the lease.

The tenant had been granted a 22-year lease on the property and when it became clear payments were not being made attempts were made by the Housing team to provide support and assistance. The nature of the lease meant that the tenant could not claim any housing benefit.

Attempts were subsequently made trace the former tenant to continue to pursue recovery, but these have proved to be unsuccessful, so it is now considered appropriate to write-off this sum as irrecoverable. 















Part C
Third Quarter Capital Budget 2022/23













C1)  Capital Budget: Council

C1.1  The overall five-year Capital Programme for 2022/23 to 2026/27 was approved by the Council on 23rd February 2022. Some capital funding will now come from prudential borrowing as other sources of funding are not sufficient to cover the costs of the programme, although funding continued to be available from the New Homes Bonus (NHB) in 2022/23.

C1.2  The 2022/23 element of the Capital Programme (including unused resources brought forward from 2021/22) has a revised budget of £32.631m. At the Quarter 3 stage, capital expenditure of £12.232m had been incurred, with budget remaining of £20.400m.

C2)  Capital Budget: Corporate Services PAC

C2.1  Progress towards the delivery of the 2022/23 CS PAC element of the Capital Programme at the Quarter 3 stage is presented in Table 10 below.

C2.2  At the Quarter 3 stage, expenditure of £2.197m has been incurred against a revised budget of £10.079m million for CS PAC. This leaves a remaining budget of £7.882m.

Table 10: Capital Expenditure (@ 3rd Quarter 2022/23)

C3) Capital Budget Variances (@ 3rd Quarter 2022/23)


Corporate Services PAC

C3.1  The most (financially) notable CS PAC items in the table above are as follows:

         Corporate Property Acquisitions – This budget will be utilised if any suitable properties for purchase are identified.

Lockmeadow Ongoing Investment – Construction costs rose after the budget was set, hence the overspend. The budgets for future expenditure can be adjusted to compensate for this overspend.

Garden Community – Work is continuing on developing this project, with any unused balance being carried forward into 2023/24.

         Infrastructure Delivery - At this stage there are no plans to spend this budget, and it will be carried forward to 2023/24.

         Communities, Housing and Environment PAC

C3.2  The most (financially) notable CHE PAC items in the table above are as follows:

         Disabled Facilities Grant Funding - The time taken to approve DFG payments has improved significantly, with the average time reducing from 50 days to 11 days. A review of the DFG process has been completed by an independent organisation and the recommendations have either been implemented or informed the new Housing Renewal Policy 2023. The draft policy is due to be considered by CHE PAC in February 2023 before adoption by the Executive. The new working practices and policy will provide for a better experience for our residents and see further improvements in the delivery of grants.

         Temporary Accommodation - This is the funding for the latest phase of property acquisitions to provide accommodation for temporarily homeless families and persons. There has been one acquisition to date this year and other properties are being actively pursued as house prices start to retreat from the elevated levels reached during Summer 2022.

         Private Sector Rented Housing Programme/ 1,000 Homes Affordable Housing Programme

         A number of schemes are at various stages of development at this stage, and further land/property acquisitions are likely to take place before the end of March. Some schemes will also contain elements of both private rented and affordable housing so the costs may change depending on the mix at the sites where this happens.

         Flood Action Plan  - At this stage there are no plans to spend this budget, and it will be carried forward to 2023/24.



Economic Regeneration and Leisure PAC

C3.3  The most (financially) notable ERL PAC items in the table above are as follows:

         Mote Park Visitor Centre - There have been some unanticipated costs that mean the project will cost around £300,000 more than initially budgeted for. Funding has been identified for this overspend.




Part D
Third Quarter Local Tax Collection 2022/23























D1)  Collection Fund


D1.1  A large proportion of the Council’s income is generated through local taxation (Council Tax and Business Rates), which is accounted for through the Collection Fund.


D1.2  Due to the risk in this area, including the risk of non-collection and the pooling arrangements in place for Business Rates growth, the Council monitors the Collection Fund very carefully.


D1.3  There are statutory accounting arrangements in place which minimise the in-year impact of collection fund losses on the general fund revenue budget, however, losses incurred in one year must be repaid in subsequent years so there is a consequential impact on future budgets and the medium-term financial strategy.


D2)  Collection Rates & Reliefs


D2.1  The collection rates achieved for local taxation are reported in the table below.


Table 11:   Local Tax Collection Rates (Q3 2022/23)


Target Q3


Actual Q3


Council Tax



Business Rates




D2.2 The amount of Council Tax and Business Rates collected is marginally lower than the quarter 3 target.  This will be closely monitored to understand the impacts of the UK financial environment on residents and businesses.

D3)  Kent Business Rates Pool


D3.1 The council has continued to participate with other Kent authorities during 2022/23 to maximise the proportion of business rates growth it is able to retain.  Forecasts from those in the pool have been requested and we will have an update for quarter 3. As in previous years, any funding will be allocated to spending which supports the delivery of the council’s Economic Development Strategy.


D3.2 As part of the pooling arrangements, pool members share the risks, as well as the rewards of pool membership.  Business rates retention scheme is extremely difficult to forecast, due to the number of unknowns e.g. the impact of the removal of expanded reliefs to businesses affected by Covid-19, and the longer term impacts on local, national and global economies.







Part E
Reserves & Balances 2022/23


E1) Reserves & Balances


E1.1  The combined total of the General Fund balance and Earmarked Reserves as at 1 April 2022 was £34.8 million, including £10.2 million set aside to fund future collection fund deficits.  The makeup of the balance, and the forecast movements during 2022/23 are presented in Table 13 below.

 E1.2 The closing balance enables a minimum general fund balance of £4.0 million to be maintained, as agreed by full Council in February 2022.

Table 13:  Reserves & Balances Quarter 3 2022/23


 Balance 1st April 2022

Estimated movement in 2022/23

Estimated Balance as at 31st March 2023





General Fund




Unallocated Balance












Earmarked Reserves




Spatial Planning EM reserve




Neighbourhood Planning




Planning Appeals




Trading Accounts




Civil Parking Enforcement




Future Capital Expenditure




Future Funding Pressures




Homelessness Prevention & Temporary Accommodation




Business Rates Earmarked Balances




Funding for Future Collection Fund Deficits




Commercial Risk




Invest to Save




Recovery and Renewal Reserve




Renewable Energy




Enterprise Zone




Majors Works (MH) Sinking Fund




Resources carried forward from 2021/22 to 2022/23












Total General Fund and Earmarked Reserves





    Table 14: General Fund and Earmarked Balances at Q3 2022/23

Part F
Treasury Management 2022/23

F1) Introduction

The Council has adopted and incorporated into its Financial Regulations, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s Treasury Management in the Public Services: Code of Practice (the CIPFA Code).

The CIPFA Code covers the principles and guidelines relating to borrowing and investment operations.  On 23rd February 2022, the Council approved a Treasury Management Strategy for 2022/23 that was based on this code.  The strategy requires that Policy & Resources Committee should formally be informed of Treasury Management activities quarterly as part of budget monitoring.

F2) Economic Headlines


During the Quarter ended 31st December 2022, the Council’s Advisors, Link Asset Services, reported:       


•  A 0.5% month on month rise in GDP in October, mostly driven by the reversal of bank holiday effects;

•  Signs of economic activity losing momentum as households increased their savings;


•  CPI inflation fall to 10.7% in November after peaking at 11.1% in October;


·      A small loosening in the labour market which pushed the unemployment rate up to 3.7% in October;


·      Interest rates rise by 125 basis points over Quarter 3, taking Bank Rate to 3.50%;  


·      Reduced volatility in UK financial markets but a waning in global risk appetite.

F3) Interest Rates

The Council has appointed Link Group as its treasury advisor and part of their service is to assist the Council to formulate a view on interest rates. The PWLB rate forecasts below are based on the Certainty Rate (the standard rate minus 20 bps) which has been accessible to most authorities since 1st November 2012.

Table 14: Interest Rate Forecast

LIBOR and LIBID rates ceased at the end of 2021. In a continuation of previous views, money market yield forecasts are based on expected average earnings by local authorities for 3 to 12 months.



The above forecast for interest rates has been updated on 19th December 2022 and reflected a view that the Monetary Policy Committee would be keen to further demonstrate its anti-inflation credentials by delivering a succession of rate increases.  This has happened but the Government’s policy will probably mean Bank Rate will not increase to further than 4.5%.

It is anticipated that the Bank of England will be keen to loosen monetary policy when the worst of the inflationary pressures are behind us – but that timing will be one of fine judgment: cut too soon, and inflationary pressures may well build up further; cut too late and any downturn or recession may be prolonged.

The CPI measure of inflation looks to have peaked at 11.1% in Quarter 3 (December CPI is 10.5%).  Despite the cost-of-living squeeze that is still taking shape, the Bank will want to see evidence that wages are not spiraling upwards in what is evidently a very tight labour market.

Regarding the plan to sell £10bn of gilts back into the market each quarter (Quantitative Tightening), this has started and will focus on the short, medium and longer end of the curve in equal measure.

In the upcoming months, Link’s forecasts will be guided not only by economic data releases and clarifications from the MPC over its monetary policies and the Government over its fiscal policies, but the on-going conflict between Russia and Ukraine.  (More recently, the heightened tensions between China/Taiwan/US also have the potential to have a wider and negative economic impact.)


The yield curve has shifted upwards since our August update and PWLB 5 to 50 years Certainty Rates are, generally, in the range of 4.25% to 5.75%.  The yield curve is

It’s Link’s view the markets as having built in, already, nearly all the effects on gilt yields of the likely increases in Bank Rate and the elevated inflation outlook.

F4) Council Investments  

The council held investments totaling £38.75m at the start of the year which has reduced to £28.13m on 31st December 2022. Investment levels are likely to reduce further by the end of 2022/23 due to the reduction of Council Tax and Business Rates income.


A full list of investments held at this time is shown at Table 15 below. All investments are held in either short term notice accounts or money market funds, to be readily available to fund the Council’s liabilities, including the capital programme.






Table 15: Short-Term Investments (3rd Quarter 2022/23)


Type of Investment




Rate of

MBC Credit Limits







Maximum Term

 Maximum Deposit


Call account





12 Months


Aberdeen Standard Liquidity Fund

Money Market Fund







Federated Hermes Short-Term Sterling Prime Fund

Money Market Fund







Landesbank Hessen

Fixed Term Deposit





6 Months


Standard Chartered Bank Sustainable Deposit

Fixed Term Deposit





6 Months


National Bank of Kuwait London

Fixed Term Deposit





6 Months


Landesbank Hessen

Fixed Term Deposit





6 Months


Total Investments









Investment income as at 31st December 2022 totals £0.359m against a budget of £0.075m with an average rate of 1.8% over the year.  The increase is due to interest rates increasing throughout the year as detailed in F3 Interest Rates above.

F5) Council Borrowing

The Council held external borrowing amounting to £9m on 31st March 2022. Total borrowing as at 31st December 2022 was £5m with a breakdown shown in Table 15 below.  £4m short term borrowing was repaid to Middlesbrough Teeside Pension Fund on 19th August 2022 as funds were available and as interest rates were starting to rise, the cost of refinancing would have been greater than the current rate.  No further borrow has been required during the quarter.


Table 16: Council Borrowing (3rd Quarter 2022/23)



Type of Institution

Principal      £

Start Date

Maturity Date

Interest Rate

Public Works Loans Board

Central Government





Public Works Loans Board

Central Government





Total Loans









Part G
Maidstone Property Holdings

G1)  Maidstone Property Holdings Ltd. (MPH)


G1.1  MPH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Council and was incorporated on 30th September 2016. It is primarily a vehicle for letting residential properties on assured short-hold tenancies.

G1.2  An Internal Audit review identified that there should be a mechanism in place to enable the company to formally report to the Council. Given the current level of activity within the company is relatively low, it was decided that this would be done via the quarterly budget monitoring process (previously to the Policy and Resources Committee, now to this Committee). This section of the report provides an overview of the activity and performance of the company for the year to date.

G1.3  The MPH financial year-end is 31st March, in order to align with the Council’s financial reporting period.  

G2)  MPH Headlines


G2.1  During 2021/22 management of residential accommodation transferred from an external agent to the Council’s in-house accommodation team.  MPH also took on the lease of new flats at Tower Hill (Brunswick Street), Tylers Place (Union Street) Springfield Place and Springfield Mill. Granada House and a number of other individual residential properties are also included in the portfolio.

G2.2  Net rental income up to the end of the third quarter of 2022/23 totals £663,654 (2021/22  £517,666) This represents rent collected, less running costs, maintenance costs and recharges for staff time.  As at 31st December 2022, there were minimal rent arrears.

G2.3  The Council receives income from the company through charges made for services provided, and the property lease. After these charges and other expenses, it is expected that the company will achieve a breakeven position for 2022/23.

G2.4  As company activity increases over time, governance and reporting arrangements will be kept under review to ensure that they remain appropriate and commensurate with the scope of activity and associated risks.