Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) 2019-2020 

Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review. Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

Emma Neil, Clerk & RFO

By telephone on 07375 809 660 or by email on

Commencing on Friday 14th August 2020 and ending on Friday 25th September 2020. Click here to see full Notice of Public Rights.

Annual Governance Statement 2019/20

Accounting Statements 2019/20

Click here to see previous years’ financial returns and audits.

Precept for 2019-20

Burwash Parish Council has increased its precept (annual budget) to £65,000 for the financial year 2019-20 to fund projects including traffic calming measures, a grass cutting contract, a flower planting programme and other local schemes outlined in the Council’s rolling plan.

The annual cost for a Band D household will be £51.55 per year, significantly below the national average for parish councils and less than the average parish precept in Rother District of around £75.

The Council is always exploring cost-effective methods for delivering services and projects within the Parish and will continue to do so. Click here to see the Financial Regulations under which the Parish Council operates.

Budget 2019-20

Each year the Parish Council works with the RFO to develop a budget for the key projects and overheads and to ensure that the expenditure does not go over the precept.  The Council also maintains a general reserve as well as Earmarked Reserves designed to cover one-off projects.

2019-2020 Budget

Finance Committee

The Council’s financial affairs are overseen by a Finance Committee in accordance with the Council’s Financial Regulations. See below for minutes & agendas of Finance Committee meetings: