The Town Council is predominantly funded by the residents of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge through a precept on the council tax charge made by Sedgemoor District Council.

The 2020/21 budget set a total precept of £718,211, which equates to an annual council tax charge of £111.84 on a band D household. Properties are put into one of eight bands, A being the lowest, and H the highest, with Band D being the average.

In the interests of openness and transparency, we publish various detailed reports in relation to the operation of the Town Council.

Annual Audits

Every financial year ending 31 March the annual audit of the Town Council’s accounts are reviewed by both the internal and external auditor. Audit information can be viewed below.

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Budgets

The financial year for local authorities runs between 1 April – 31 March (inclusive).

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Payments

Town and Parish Councils, which have a gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) of a least £200,000 are required to publish ‘Public Data’ as set out in The Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency.

Although it is only recommended practice, Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council believes that being transparent is pivotal to enable greater democratic accountability over how council tax and public money is spent.

Public Data does not include personal information as this would contravene the Data Protection Act 2018. In accordance with the Code of Recommended Practice, Burnham & Highbridge Town Council will make available for public inspection the relevant information as stipulated within the Code. Below are all the payments made over £500:

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Regulations