Appendix 1


Second Quarter Financial Update 2022/23
Corporate Services – Policy Advisory Committee
16th November 2022
Lead Officer:  Mark Green
Report Author: Paul Holland





Part A: Executive Summary & Overview                                     Page 2

Part B: Second 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: Second 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: Second 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 30 September 2022, covering activity for both the Council as a whole and this committee’s revenue and capital accounts for the second 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 second 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 headlines for Quarter 2 are as follows:

Part B:   Revenue Budget – Q2 2022/23

·         At the Quarter 2 stage, the Council has incurred net expenditure of £4.449m against a profiled budget of £5.725m, representing an underspend of £1.227m.

·         For the services reporting directly to CS PAC, net expenditure of £1.175m has been incurred against a profiled budget of £1.559m, representing an underspend of £0.384m.

Part C:   Capital Budget – Q2 2022/23

·         At the Quarter 2 stage, the Council has incurred overall expenditure of £8.912m against a budget allocation within the Capital Programme of £35.476m.

·         Expenditure for services reporting directly to CS PAC of £1.069m has been incurred against the budget of £12.633m.

Part D:   Local Tax Collection 2022/23

·         Collection rates have been met for the second quarter.  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 second 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 £27.3m and had £9.0m in short term local authority borrowing as at 30th June 2022.

·         Balances as at 30th September 2022 are £22.7m in short-term investments and £5.0m of borrowing.

Part G:   Maidstone Property Holdings Ltd. (MPH)

·         MPH net rental income for Quarter 2 2022/23 was £286,453.  Rent arrears as at 30th September 2022 were minimal.


Part B
Second Quarter Revenue Budget 2022/23

B1)  Revenue Budget: Council

B1.1  At the Quarter 2 stage, the Council has incurred net expenditure of £4.449m against a profiled budget of £5.726m, representing an underspend of £1.227m.

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

Table 1: Net Expenditure 2022/23 (@ 2nd Quarter): Analysis by PAC

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

Table 3: Net Expenditure 2022/23 (@ 2nd Quarter): Analysis by SUBJECTIVE SPEND


Table 4: Net Expenditure 2022/23 (@ 2nd 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 2. 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 (@ 2nd Quarter 2022/23)



B2.2  The table shows that, at the Quarter 2 stage, for the services reporting directly to CS PAC, net expenditure of £1.175m has been incurred against the budget of £1.559m, representing an underspend of £0.384m.

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 2.




















Table 5: CS PAC Variances (@ 2nd 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.




Maidstone House (Landlord) – Electricity costs for the building will be higher than forecast in the budget. The current variance includes the share of the costs for tenants, which will be recharged to them.




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.




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.




Sundry Corporate Properties - There are currently issues in getting up to date information from the managing agents but is assumed that there will be no significant variance at the end of the year.




Phoenix Park Units - There are currently issues in getting up to date information from the managing agents but is assumed that there will be no significant variance at the end of the year.




Boxmend Industrial Estate - There are currently issues in getting up to date information from the managing agents but is assumed that there will be no significant variance at the end of the year.




Rent Allowances/Non-HRA Rent Rebates - The variances on the cost centres are due to the rent allowances /rebates awarded and the income received from government. These are estimated costs until the year-end subsidy claim is submitted.




Maidstone House – There are repairs and maintenance costs that are yet to be charged to the budget and there will also be additional electricity costs to be recharged to the budget.







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 (@ 2nd Quarter 2022/23)


Positive Variance





Year End Forecast Variance

Planning & Infrastructure






Building Regulations Chargeable – There has been an increase in income received so far this year, but there is some uncertainty around the level of income we might receive for the remainder of the year, so it is forecast that the budget will break-even by the end of the year.




Development Control Advice – Demand for pre-application discussions and Planning Performance Agreements is down this year and this trend is expected to continue for the remainder of the year.




Development Control Majors – There has been an increase in the number of major planning applications received this year, but there is some uncertainty around the number of applications we might receive for the remainder of the year, so it is forecast that the budget will break-even by the end of the year.






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 30th September 2022.







Opening Balance 01/04/2022

Spending April - September 2022

Forecast Spending October 2022 - March 2023

Forecast Spending Balance 31/03/2023











Table 6a, Local Plan Review budget (Q2, 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






On Street Parking – Income is up against the budgets for parking meter income and dispensation payments.




Pay & Display Car Parks – Occupancy levels continue to be higher than forecast with long stay car parks performing particularly well so far this year.




Off Street Parking Enforcement - Income is up against the budget for Penalty Charge Notices.




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














Table 7: Communities, Housing & Environment PAC Variances (@ 2nd Quarter 2022/23)


Positive Variance





Year End Forecast Variance

Communities, Housing & Environment Committee


Public Conveniences – This variance relates to a growth item for the cost of the new toilets at Mote Park. These are not yet open, so the budget is unspent. There is no confirmed handover date, the forecast assumes it will be in December.




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




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




Homeless Temporary Accommodation – There has been a significant increase in the demand 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 currently looking at how the Homefinder scheme can help boost access to more private letting.


















Table 8: Economic Regeneration & Leisure PAC Variances (@ 2nd Quarter 2022/23)


Positive Variance





Year End Forecast Variance

Economic Regeneration & Leisure Committee


Innovation Centre – As reported in quarter 1 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 – At present running costs are underspent, but the expectation is that there will be additional costs for the remainder of the year, particularly for utilities and repairs and maintenance.




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 2 are presented in Table 9 below.









Table 9: Virements (@ 2nd Quarter 2022/23)





Value £


Transfer costs of Senior Management Restructure from generic growth item in budget


Various Cost Centres



Create post of Public Realm Operations Manager

Various Cost Centres

Depot Services Section



Transfer Budget because of Change in Reporting Structure

Cultural Services Section

Communications Section



Establish Bereavement Post

Various Cost Centres

Bereavement Services Section



Fund Staff Shortfall - 2 Community Officers


Community Partnerships & Resilience Section



Temporarily Offset Management Restructure Budgets for 22/23

Various Cost Centres




Fund Redundancy, Pay In Lieu & Holiday in Excess

Various Cost Centres

Head of Regeneration & Economic Dev.



Fund Assistant Marketing Officer

Business Rates Growth Earmarked Balances

Visitor Economy Section



Fund Trinity Foyer from R&R

Recovery & Renewal Reserve

Trinity Foyer



Additional Funding for Website Project

Business Rates Growth Earmarked Balances

Economic Development - Promotion & Marketing



33% Contribution to Website Project

Business Rates Growth Earmarked Balances

Economic Development - Promotion & Marketing



Contribution to Mela Festival

Business Rates Growth Earmarked Balances

Festivals & Events














Part C
Second 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 budget of £35.476m. At the Quarter 2 stage, capital expenditure of £8.912m had been incurred, with budget remaining of £26.564m.

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 2 stage is presented in Table 10 below.

C2.2  At the Quarter 1 stage, expenditure of £1.069m has been incurred against a budget of £12.633m million for CS PAC. This leaves a remaining budget of £11.564m.















Table 10:   Capital Expenditure (@ 2nd Quarter 2022/23)

C3) Capital Budget Variances (@ 2nd 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 a suitable property for purchase is identified.

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.

Biodiversity & Climate Change - A number of projects have been identified for this year and are being progressed. A number of other projects are unlikely to happen until next year and beyond, so any unused balance will be carried forward into 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 Grants Expenditure is historically less than the committed budget in each year, but unused funding is always carried forward allowing for works to be programmed in over the course of a number of years. A review of the DFG process is currently being undertaken and will feature in the draft new Housing Assistance Policy that will be delivered to the CHE PAC later in the year for commentary before being presented to the Executive.

Temporary Accommodation - This is the funding for the latest phase of property acquisitions to provide accommodation for temporarily homeless families and persons. There have been no acquisitions to date.  It is hoped to acquire more properties this year, as house prices start to retreat from the elevated levels reached during Summer 2022.

Private Rented Sector Housing Programme/1,000 Homes Affordable Housing Programme – A number of schemes are at various stages of development at this stage. Expenditure is very much indicative at this stage and expected to increase during the remainder of the year once schemes that are currently at the feasibility stage have progressed further and new sites are potentially secured. 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.

The overspend shown against the 1,000 Homes Affordable Housing Programme budget reflects two proposed acquisitions which should take place in the third quarter. There are projected underspends against other projects this year which will cover this cost, and the cost is factored into the overall five-year programme.

Market Sale Housing Programme – Heather House & Pavilion Building A planning application has been submitted and will be considered later this month. Subject to approval work is expected to start on site next year.

Granada House Refurbishment Works – A procurement process for the works is under way.  It is hoped that works will commence before the end of the financial year, with any unused funding being carried forward into 2023/24.

Crematorium & Cemetery Development Plan – It was identified earlier this year that there was an urgent need to resurface some of the footpaths at the cemetery, which is why this budget is showing as overspent. Funding for this work will come from income at the crematorium, which is performing above the budgeted level this year.

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 £150,000 more than initially budgeted for. Funding has been identified for this overspend.

         Mote Park Lake – Dam WorksThe project slippage figure includes a contribution for the boat house and lakeside kiosk works of £50,000.

         Riverside Walk Works – Proposals are still being developed and there will be no spend this year.


Part D
Second 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 (Q2 2022/23)


Target Q2


Actual Q2


Council Tax



Business Rates




D2.2 The amount of Council Tax and Business Rates collected is marginally higher than the quarter 2 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 2. 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 £8.4 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 2 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




Resources carried forward from 2021/22 to 2022/23












Total General Fund and Earmarked Reserves





    Table 14: General Fund and Earmarked Balances at Q2 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 30th September 2022, the Council’s Advisors, Link Asset Services, reported:       


•  GDP in Q1 2022/23 revised upwards to 0.2% quarter to quarter from -0.1%, which means the UK economy has avoided recession for the time being;

•  Signs of economic activity losing momentum as production fell due to rising energy prices;


•  CPI inflation ease to 9.9% year on year in August but domestic price pressures showing little sign of abating in the near-term;


·      The unemployment rate fall to a 48-year low of 3.6% due to a large shortfall in labour supply;


·      Bank Rate rise by 100bps over the quarter, taking Bank Rate to 2.25% with further rises to come;


·         Gilt yields surge and sterling fall following the “fiscal event” of the new Prime Minister and Chancellor on 23rd September.


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


The Bank of England’s MPC increased bank rate for a seventh consecutive meeting in September by 50bps to 2.25%, the highest since the financial crisis.  The decision to increase interest rates was supported by all nine members of the MPC but the quantum of change was not. One member voted for a 25bps move, five voted for the 50bps move, while 3 voted for a 75bps move.

The MPC will not hesitate to change interest rates by as much as needed to return inflation to the 2% target sustainably in the medium term, in line with its remit. In terms of Bank Rate expectations, peak levels next year have dropped in light of the near-universal reversal of policies announced in the September mini-budget as well as Bank of England action to calm gilt markets. For 2022, market pricing is now more biased towards a move to 3% for November's meeting, while the level for December still oscillates between 3.75% and 4%. move to 4.5% in priced in for February 2023, with a further near-50bps of movement priced in for March. Thereafter, markets are unsure, with some higher movements for May, June and August, which would suggest a shift to 5.25%, but September pricing is back down below 5%.


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 currently inverted.

While US Treasuries and German Bund yields were universally higher, gilts continued to be more influenced by supply / demand dynamics in light of the Bank of England temporarily excluding longer-dated maturities from its Quantative Tightening sales programme which kicks off at the beginning of November.

F4) Council Investments  

The council held investments totaling £38.75m at the start of the year which has reduced to £22.75m on 30th September 2022. Investment levels have reduced due to further repayments of grants to Central Government and Section 106 payments to the County Council during the quarter. 


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 (2nd Quarter 2022/23)

Investment income to 30th September 2022 totals £0.150m against a budget of £0.05m with an average rate of 0.92%. 

F4) Council Borrowing

The Council held external borrowing amounting to £9m on 31st March 2022. Total borrowing as at 30th September 2022 was £5m with a breakdown shown in Table 15 below.  £4m was of the borrowing balance was repaid to Middlesbrough Teeside Pension Fund on 19th August 2022 as funds were available to repay and as interest rates were starting to rise, the cost of refinancing would have been higher.


Table 16: Council Borrowing (2nd Quarter 2022/23)




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 second quarter of 2022/23 totals £286,453 (2021/22  £517,666) This represents rent collected, less running costs, maintenance costs and recharges for staff time.  As at 30th September 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.