|The Finance Department
is involved in all the activities of the Borough Council in the
of its finance function.
These are covered in eight programme groups as follows:-
1. Housing and Building
Management and provision of Local Authority housing assistance to persons
housing themselves or improving their houses; emergency housing; enforcement
of certain housing standards and controls; provision of community centres, etc.
2. Roads, Transportation and Safety
Road upkeep and improvement; public lighting; traffic management facilities;
safety education; car parks etc.
3. Water Supply and Sewage
Public water supply and sewage schemes; public conveniences (APCs) etc.
4. Development Incentives and Controls
Physical planning policy; control of new development and buildings; promotion of
industrial and other development; tourist promotion; assistance to residentsí
associations; town twinning etc.
5. Environmental Protection
Waste collection and disposal; street cleaning; burial grounds; dangerous
buildings and places; water safety; pollution control etc.
6. Recreation and Amenity
Swimming pool; caravan park; open spaces; derelict site control; conservation
and improvement of amenities; assistance to amenity groups and grants for
cultural activities etc.
7. Recreation; Education, Health and Welfare
Contributions to Vocational Education Committee; school meals, Services of an
educational nature etc.
8. Miscellaneous Services
Financial management and rate collection; materials and machinery; elections; markets; corporate estate services for the Borough Council.
The Finance Department co-ordinates the preparation of the Book of Estimates
for the consideration of the Borough Council and also presents the end-of-year
accounts to the Minister for the Environment for audit. Expenditure and income
is monitored on an ongoing basis.
The Borough Councilís expenditure is divided into two categories - Revenue and
Revenue expenditure is that incurred in the day-to-day operation and
maintenance of the various services, i.e., housing, roads, water and so on.
Such expenditure is usually of a recurring nature. Revenue expenditure is met
from rates, state grants, and miscellaneous receipts accruing from such items as
housing rents and other charges for goods and services.