We hold a monthly Finance Committee. At this meeting we all given a report by the Clerk. It shows expenditure for the month, expenditure to date and the amount budgeted for the year. My question is about the categories on this document. To me, a trained bookkeeper, they are woefully inadequate. For instance the Christmas lights, quite a large amount, are under Regeneration. I would prefer to see this under a heading of Christmas Expenses, there are others, so that I could see what was really spent on Regeneration, and Christmas! This is just one example, there are others.
When I queried this and said we should look at the headings, I was told by the Clerk that she was only allowed to use the specific headings she uses and this was the same for all councils. As a bookkeeper I find this rather strange and cannot help wondering if she has told us this to make her own life easier.