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
The Council’s policies and procedures are regularly reviewed to incorporate new legislation.
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.
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|
|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|
|Battle Area Community Transport||£1000||£1,000||£1,000||£1,000|
|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 Weald & Common MF Playing Field||£1,500||£1,420||£2,000||£2,000|
|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 –
|Burwash Common and Weald Residents’ Assoc||£200|