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Being a Parish or Town Clerk

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What do parish or town clerks do?

The clerk is the council’s principal executive and adviser and, for many smaller parish councils, is the officer responsible for the administration of its financial affairs. Sometimes the clerk is a council’s only employee but cannot be self employed.

The clerk is not answerable to any individual councillor - not even the chairman. He/she is an independent and unbiased employee of the council, recognising that the council is responsible for all decisions and taking instruction from the council as a body. If the council has other members of staff then the clerk is their line manager.

As the council’s proper officer the clerk is responsible for implementing council policy; ensuring the council acts within the law; advising the council on all aspects of its work and may have delegated powers of decision making especially in urgent situations.

It is the clerk who prepares and posts notices, is responsible for writing the agenda and minutes, keeps the council’s records, deals with correspondence, arranges the council’s insurance and issues the precept.

The clerk has a key role in advising the council, and its members, on governance, ethical and procedural matters.

Clerks wishing to further their careers can undertake the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) with help and guidance from Worcestershire County Association of Local Councils (CALC). The Society of Local Council Clerks and the University of Gloucestershire also offer courses designed to advance the clerk’s career and the clerk can also take part in the CPD (Continuous Professional Development) scheme through the SLCC.

 

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The biggest event in the Local Council calendar is happening in Worcestershire next month at the wonderful Chateau Impney Hotel at Droitwich Spa

Do you have a project as a Council you are wishing to do?

With exhibitors from every aspect of the sector there is sure to be someone there who will have the expertise or product to help you.

In addition there will be demonstrations and talks on a wide range of subjects:

Session on making tax digital which will impact Town and Parish Councils from October 2019

Environmental Policy and Climate Change – find out what you can do

Council Modernisation – across all aspects of IT

Grounds Maintenance Service – Outsourced and In-House

Demonstration on how to move to being a paperless Council

7 Steps to success – achieving play and sports area delivery

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Newsflash

New CiLCA Dates

Gill Lungley MILCM has arranged for the following dates for CiLCA sessions taking place at Bewdley Town Council 25(A) Load Street, Bewdley,DY12 2AE.

These sessions are £20 each and are payable direct to Gill, with no commitment for additional sessions.

28th May
18th June
16th July
10th September
1st October
23rd October

All sessions take place between 6:30pm and 8:30pm

To book a place please email gill@worcscalc.org.uk