Financial Pages

Here you will be able to read about your Parish Council’s Finances, the rules we work within and what we do with the money we receive.

The content will be updated and added to from time to time.

Bradpole PC Financial Regulations Amended 6th August 2015

Parish Council Finances – Your Rights

And from the National association of Local Councils (NALC):

The 2017 Good Councillors Guide on Finance and Transparency


Monthly income and expenditure details together with the Parish Council’s bank and investment balances are reported at each meeting of the council and detailed in the meeting minutes.  This information may be found in the council  MINUTES

Each autumn Parish Councillors agree a budget for the following financial year and after adjustments the resulting figure (Precept) is submitted to West Dorset District Council and forms part of the calculation of the Council Tax rate.

Bradpole Council pays a significant sum each year to Bridport Town Council for services provided by the Town Council to Bradpole.

The agreed Budget and Precept for 2019 ~ 2020:

Precept Budget 2019 ~ 2020

2019 ~ 2020 Budget Summary Pie Chart

The agreed Budget & Precept for 2018 – 2019:  

Precept Budget 2018 ~ 2019

The budget for 2018 ~ 2019 includes an “earmarked” provision for the current Community Bus Service Trial.


Risk Assessment 2018 – Financial Management Systems



Apart from long-term and fixed assets Bradpole Parish Council maintains a balance of cash reserves. These include general reserves, which are roughly equivalent to a year’s expenditure, and ensure that the Council both has funds available to cover its financial responsibilities and is able to cope with any unexpected situation which may arise.

Additional cash reserves are held “earmarked” for future projects including the planned enhancement of community facilities, the refurbishment and replacement of the council’s office and other council equipment and to provide for potential expenditure items such as Election costs.

Cash Reserves as at 31 March 2018

The Cash Reserves for 31 March 2019 will be published here in due course.

Full details of the Council’s reserves may be obtained by a request to the Parish Clerk:- Bradpole Publication Scheme August 2015

Previous years’ externally audited reports are here:

2017 ~ 2018

Annual Accounting Statement 2017 – 2018

Annual Governance Statement 2017 – 2018

External Auditors Certificate 2017 – 2018

Precept & Budget 2017-2018

End of Year Return to Auditors 2017 ~ 2018

2016 ~ 2017

Year End Financial Report March 2017

External Auditor Report & Cert. 2016 ~ 2017

Accounting Statements 2016 ~ 2017

External Auditor Report & Cert. 2016 ~ 2017


2015 ~ 2016

Audit & Governance Statements 2015 ~ 2016


2014 ~ 2015

External Audit Accounting Statement 2014 ~ 2015

Annual Governance Statement 2014 – 2015


2013 ~ 2014

External Audit and Accounting Statement 2013 / 2014

Annual Governance Statement 2013/2014


2012 ~ 2013

Accounting Statement 2012 / 2013

External Audit Report 2012 / 2013


For information about openness and accountability visit our Freedom of Information Act page.

For hard copies or additional information please contact the Parish Clerk