Finance Committee

Full Council have decided to merge the Finance Committee into the main Full Council meeting which takes place every second Tuesday of the month (except August). At each meeting, Council reviews all financial documents and spend within the previous month and in line with the budget.

Strict financial reviews are in place to ensure there is complete transparency with all Parish finances.

An external audit is completed each year. Electors are permitted to review the accounts of previous years. Notes for electors, the dates of inspection as well as the financial documentation (unaudited) can be found here.

Precept for 2022-23

Burwash Parish Council has agreed a precept of £105,792 for the financial year 2022-23. This money will be used to continue to fund projects including traffic calming measures, a grass cutting contract, a flower planting programme as well as new projects for this financial year to include allotments, investment in scoping increased work on cycle paths and other projects.

The precept is calculated by looking at the cost of projects and initiatives for the coming year. The calculation is precept divided by council tax base = Band D equivalent cost.

The Burwash Parish calculation is £105,792 divided by £1,255.20 = £84.28.

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 2021-22 & 2022-23

Each year the Parish Council works with the Responsible Financial Officer (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 and longer term projects. To view the budgets for the financial year 2021-22 & 2022-23 please click the link below.

2021-22 & 2022-23

Financial Regulations

Burwash Parish Council has adopted an agreed set of Financial Regulations that apply to all activities involving spending. The Financial regulations are reviewed annually to ensure that they are up to date. To view the Financial Regulations, please click here.

Section 137

In meetings and in reports, councillors or the Parish Clerk will sometimes refer to Section 137 expenditure. This is a section of the Local Government Act of 1972 which allows councils to spend money in a way which is “in the interests of and will directly benefit its area or any part of it and some or all of its inhabitants”.

Section 137 is used when no other specific power is available and can be used for expenditure on such things as grants to voluntary bodies, fund raising events, organisations providing not for profit public services, and to contribute to charities and disaster appeals. Other examples include village histories, plaques, prizes, landscaping and flower shows. Section 137 expenditure is limited each year by a formula which multiplies the number of electors in the Parish by a set amount per parishioner, currently £8.12. This amount is reviewed annually by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

Expenditure over £500

The Local Government Transparency Code requires local authorities to publish details of individual items of expenditure above £500, on a quarterly basis. Click below for recent payments.

Salaries & Pay Multiple

The Local Government Transparency Code requires local authorities to publish details (including job descriptions, responsibilities, budgets and staff numbers) of any senior employees earning over £50,000 per annum.

Burwash Parish Council has no staff member earning over £50,000 per annum.