BEING A PARISH COUNCILLOR
DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IS INVOLVED?
The Council is responsible for administering the matters of the village and should represent the community. It sets council policies which agree how the council will operate. It sets the budget, raises funds, and is responsible for ensuring public funds are spent effectively, with minimum risk and represent value for money.
The Council is a corporate body made up of its member councillors. The Council must act within the law and has certain duties. It must appoint and manage the Clerk, who is also the Responsible Finance Office.
The Council makes decisions at Meetings by voting on items in the published agenda. Committees and sub-committees are set up to help keep projects moving. These bring reports to the meetings and recommendations for action.
The Clerk is responsible for the administration and accounting of the council, the maintenance of Council records and for carrying out the decisions made by the council. The Clerk advises the Council on how they should carry out their duties within the law. As well as executing decisions made, the Clerk will also research how to carry out new projects and brief the councillors accordingly.
Councillors must be an elector and must either live in the parish, have lived within three miles for twelve months, may own land in the parish or their main workplace is in the parish. Once elected, councillors serve four years and have a legal mandate to act on behalf of their community within the law.
They have a duty to attend Council Meetings when summoned and to vote on decisions at those meetings. They must notify the Clerk if they are unable to attend a Council Meeting.
On election, they must sign a Declaration of Office and a Register of Interests. They should act ethically and follow the councils Code of Conduct as well as all relevant laws. They should also ensure that the finances of the parish are properly managed.
They represent the needs and views of the community and bring matters to the attention of the council for debate. They have a duty to carry out the decisions of the Council even if they personally voted against the item. Councillors must not act as individuals but operate and make decisions collectively within the corporate body that is the Council.
To find out more about the activities the Parish Council deliver for the village, please see the Chairman's presentation from our recent Annual Village Meeting. We've been busy delivering safer roads, adding dropped kerbs, providing benches and much more.
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