Budget and Finance

In May 2017 Brighstone Parish Council received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund for the refurbishment of the public toilets in Brighstone. This work was completed in the summer of 2018.

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 2018/19 is £35032.  The main recurring expenses are:

  • Grass cutting of Amenity Areas, Plot of Land,  Recreation Ground,  Parish Cemetery 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

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 2016/17, The Period for the Exercise of Public Rights and A summary of Electors Rights can all be found by clicking below:

2018/19 Year End Reports:

Notice of Public Rights of Unaudited Accounts 2018/19

A summary of your rights

Annual Governance Statement 2018/19

Accounting Statement 2018/19


2017/18 Year End Reports:

Notice of Public Rights of unaudited accounts 2017/18

A summary of your rights

Annual Governance Statement 2017/18

Accounting Statement 2017/18

Notice of Conclusion of Audit and External Auditor Report 2017/18


2016/17 Year End Reports:

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2016/17

Period for the Exercise of Public Rights 2016/17

Annual Governance Statement 2016/17

Accounting Statements 2016/17

External Auditor Report and Certificate 2016/17

A summary of Electors’ Rights

Please click to download a copy of the FINANCIAL REGULATIONS reviewed May 2018 They may also be viewed, or copies obtained, through the Parish Clerk.


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

2019 2020 Agreed Budget

2018 2019 agreed budget

2017 18 budget agreed

2015 16 final budget

2016 17 budget


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