Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council



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 Somerset Council.

The 2023/24 budget set a total precept of £768,500, which equates to an annual council tax charge of £116.10 (£7.60) per year 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.


Notice of the Audit and Right to Inspect the Annual Governance & Accountability Return


Uncertified sections 1, 2 and 3 of Annual Governance Accountability Review


Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return

Notice of public Rights 2022-23.pdf


Sections 1 & 2 of the  Annual Governance Accountability Review


Notification of conclusion of audit and sections 1, 2 & 3 of Annual Governance Accountability Review

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

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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. 

2023/24 – Payments over £500:






Allowances: Councillors are not paid an allowance, apart from the Mayor who received the sum of £5231 in 2022/2023.

Grants Allocated

2023-2024 Awarded Grants


Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Report of monies received and spent:

310321 CIL income, expenditure and expiry

Records Retention Schedule

Financial Risk Management Policy - March 2023

Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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