Budget and Finance

Budget preparation for each financial begins in the preceding autumn and is usually finalised in February.  The Precept (the element of Council Tax available to the Parish Council) for the year 2016/17 is £31222.  The main recurring expenses are:

  • Grass cutting of Amenity Areas, Plot o Land,  RecreationGround,  ParishCemetery and Brook Village Green.
  • The Clerk’s salary
  • Admin. expenses and insurance
  • Maintenance of the Parish Seats, Play Equipment, Pavilion, Parish Cemetery, Ashley Way Copse and Verges and Willses Corner and the trees alongside Brighstone Stream.
  • Maintaining the public toilets
  • Contribution towards the running costs of the Community Library

Grants are sometimes sought for specific projects – e.g. the refurbishment of the Pavilion, regeneration of the Ashley Way Copse and the Memorial to the Lifeboatmen of Brook and Brighstone.

The Clerk prepares a Financial Statement each month which details the budget figures; income and expenditure to date and projected income and expenditure figures. From this Councillors are able to gauge expenditure and income against budget figures.  Each year an Internal Audit is undertaken by a qualified accountant and an External Audit is undertaken at the end of each financial year. The monthly Financial Statements together with copies of Figures for the previous 2 years, including Budget Figures, the Annual Return and Internal Auditor’s report may be obtained from the Parish Clerk.

The Annual Governance Statement, The Accounting Statement for 2015/16, The Period for the Exercise of Public Rights and A summary of Electors Rights can all be found by clicking below:

2015/16 Year End Reports:

Notice of Conclusion of Audit March 2016

External Auditor Certificate and Report 2015/16

The Annual Governance Statement 2015/16

The Accounting Statement for 2015/16

The Period for the Exercise of Public Rights

A summary of Electors Rights

Please click to download a copy of the FINANCIAL REGULATIONS (updated in 2015).:  a hard copy is available in the Brighstone Community Library. They may also be viewed, or copies obtained, through the Parish Clerk.

Budget

Please click on the link below for the current year budget:

2017 18 budget agreed

2015 16 final budget

2016 17 budget

 

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