Burwash Parish Council regularly adopts policies and procedures to ensure that the council runs smoothly and is transparent to the community.

Full List of Council Policies

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 or view the policy list above.

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).

Grants to Local Organisations

Burwash Parish Council sets aside money each year to make grants to organisations for projects that benefit local residents.  The Local Government Transparency Code requires BPC to to publish details of its grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. See below for recent grant details. Here are details of the Council’s grants awarding policy and a grant application form.

List of Grants Awarded by Burwash Parish Council for Financial Year 2020/2021
Month Name Amount Detail
May-20 Burwash Scouts £906.00 Camping Equipment
May-20 Burwash Playing Fields Association (BPFA)  £1,500.00 100 Plus Club
May-20 Village Hall  £2,000.00 Replacement windows
May-20 Wild About Burwash  £200.00 Seeds for planting
May-20 Burwash Bonfire Society  £400.00
May-20 St Philips Church  £1500.00 Grounds upkeep
May-20 Burwash Weald & Common Playing Fields Association (BW&PFA)  £ 1,500.00 Tarmac path
Jun-20 St Bartholomews Church  £ 1,500.00 Grounds upkeep
Jul-20 Burwash Cricket Club  £ 2,000.00 Prep of Square & grounds
Oct-20 Ballet @ The Village Hall  £200.00 Covid support
Oct-20 Burwash Musical Theatre  £250.00 Covid support
Feb-21 Burwash Primary School*  £3,294.55 Playground resurfacing
* Not strictly a grant. Money from CIL reserves but coded to grants £14,250.55
Organisation 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Battle Area Community Transport £1000 £1,000 £1,000 £1,000
Bonfire Society £500 £410 £400 £350
Burwash Brownies and Guides £990 £500 £400
Burwash Buzzy Bees Pre-School £1,105
Burwash Cricket Club £860 £1,000 £600
Burwash Weald Cricket Club £1,000 £600
Burwash Playing Field Association £1,500 £1,280 £2,000 £1,250
Burwash Scouts £500 £355 £300 £299
Burwash Weald & Common MF Playing Field £1,500 £1,420 £2,000 £2,000
CAB Bexhill £500 £695 £500
Christ the King Church £300
Rother Rural Trust £250
St Bartholomew’s Church £1,250 £1,160 £1,100 £1,250
St Philips Church £500 £1,315 £1,100 £1,800
Burwash Village Hall £1,000 £870 £850 £850
Burwash PPG –

Fairfield Surgery

Burwash Common and Weald Residents’ Assoc £200