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December News Round Up
1. Present
All councillors. Mrs Hoad (clerk), about 10 members of the public.

2. Adjournment
Sevenoaks Council - Cllr Ramsay said they still intend to increase the council tax by 1.99% next year. He said staff numbers had been reduced by 240 to 363, they had expected this to be 350 but the government's failure to bring in universal benefit has meant this will not be possible. He thought it would have been brought in quicker had they adopted the suggestion to use the expertise of local authorities, rather than devising a new national computer system.

3. Burial Grounds
The meeting of 18 November 2013 discussed the following:
(a) Grass cutting and general maintenance - they had 4 tenders between £3,474 and £5,400. They chose to go with the second cheapest quote from T D Munday at £3,504 because
they already pay him £18 per month to undertake visual inspections and they said this is unlikely to continue otherwise.
(b) Charges - they agreed increases of £5 for all charges except use of the car park for funerals, a percentage increase of 4-7%.
(c) All Saints' Churchyard - they thanked the Church PCC for the £150 contribution to the reinstatement of the ground around the reburied remains from the extension. The Church
had also suggested the water bill be split 50/50, the council agreed 13-0 that they would only agree to a 70/30 church/council split because they said the sewerage costs was nothing
to do with them.

4. Finance
The meeting of 27 November 2013 discussed the following:
(a) Internal audit - the committee agreed with the recommendations to upload draft minutes onto the website, and to have links to Sevenoaks Council and Kent County Council.
(b) 2014/15 budget and precept - following last year's increase, council agreed 13-0 to a budget where net expenditure will rise by 7.3% from £120,600 to £129,400. This will entail an increase in the precept from £128,000 to £130,500, meaning a 2% increase in parish council tax. Cllr Burns said the £1.02 band D increase was less than the cost of a newspaper.
(c) Donations - council agreed 12-0 (Cllr Burns appeared to abstain) not to give any grants to MIND (Sevenoaks), SANDS (Still birth charity) and Victim Support.
5. Planning
See Planning Section for planning applications.
6 Payments
Payments of £17,710 for November were agreed.
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