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

Annual Financial Return and Audits

The Parish Council’s Annual Accounts are audited each year in accordance with guidelines issued by the Audit Commission.  Click on the relevant year below to see the relevant financial statement.

2018-2019 – Please note these are unaudited






Copies of the annual return can be produced for £2. Please contact the Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

Note: Exercise for Public Rights for Accounts ended March 31, 2019

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27

 The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

Each year the 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 2019, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

Jane Clarke
Burwash Parish Council
Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer
Address: PO Box 61, Etchingham, TN19 7YZ
Tel: 07854699518

Commencing on the 17th June 2019 and ending on the 26th July 2019.

Local government electors and their representatives also have:

  • The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
  • The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address  below for this purpose between the above dates only.

The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015.  The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)
1 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf
London E14 4HD


This announcement is made by Jane Clarke, Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer for Burwash Parish Council.

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 of Finance Committee meetings for the past year: