These documents are a useful aid to Parish Councillors, new and old. It is intended that they are reviewed annually, as a reminder of best practice.
However, several of these Governance documents are only refreshed occasionally, as 'Model Orders' for local adaptation by the Council. Therefore the review may be a simple tille page date change, or Councillors may accept as read, that the current regulations stand as-is.
Parish Council Standing Orders
Parish Council Standing Orders (PDF, 419 Kb)
Reviewed May 2021.
The Parish Council Standing Orders comprise instructions for the Parish Council to run its public meetings and finances in an orderly fashion.
Supplied as Model Orders from N-CALC, they are cut-down to remove non-applicable sections, then adjusted to account for local quorum and public time values.
Parish Council Codes of Conduct
Parish Council Codes of Conduct (PDF, 664 Kb)
May 2021 update from 2021 model supplied by N-CALC, accepted at AGM on 11 May 2021.
The Codes of Conduct interpret the underpinning principles of Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership, as applicable to behaviour among elected and co-opted members of the council. This revision seeks conformity for all Councillors at unitary and parish council levels.
Parish Council Risk Assessment
Parish Council Risk Assessment (PDF, 203 Kb)
Updated May 2021.
The Risk Assessment considers matters such as assets and insurance, public liability and financial management.
Parish Council Financial Regulations
Parish Council Financial Regulations (PDF, 319 Kb)
Reviewed May 2021. Adapted by Parish Clerk from N-CALC 2019 model Financial Regulations for England in February 2021
These determine how the Parish Council's Responsible Financial Officer (usually the Parish Clerk) should manage the public money held by the council. This also includes forward budgeting and auditing of the accounts on a regular basis.
Parish Council Policies and Procedures
Parish Council Policies and Procedures (PDF, 702 Kb)
Reviewed June 2021 to include a social media engagement policy.
A mixture of policies and procedures associated with Data Protection, Dispensations, Equal opportunities, Harassment, awarding of grants and planning considerations.