This Delegation Scheme was agreed at the Parish council monthly meeting on 4 December 2019
Decisions are normally made by full Council or its Committees, however it is not practical for all decisions to be made this way.
The intention of the delegation scheme is to allow the Council to act with all reasonable speed. Decisions should be taken at the most suitable level. Therefore, the Clerk is given powers over the day to day administration of the Council, Committees to decided matters within their Terms of Reference, and matters of major policy should be recommended to the Full Council. Whilst delegation is necessary, it is the Council’s policy that members and the press and public should have the fullest information available to them at all times. Therefore, the Clerk reports all major decisions taken under delegated powers at the next available Council meeting. The Clerk to the Council is delegated the authority to carry out routine, operational and urgent tasks on behalf of the Council in accordance with this Scheme, the law and other Council policies in the specific circumstances detailed.
Proper Officer and Responsible Finance Officer
The Clerk shall be:
- the Proper Officer and carry out the functions as provided by the Local Government Act 1972
- the Responsible Financial Officer in accordance with the Accounts and Audit Regulations in force at any given time.Delegated actions shall be in accordance with Standing Orders and Financial Regulations and in line with directions given by Council from time to time, and shall be reported to the next available Council meeting.
Powers and Responsibilities delegated to the Clerk
In addition to the responsibilities set out in the Clerk’s job description the Clerk has the delegated authority to undertake the following matters on behalf of the Council:
- Authorisation to call any extra meetings of the Council or any Committee as necessary, having consulted with the Chairman of the Council and, or, the Chair of the appropriate Committee
- Authorisation to respond immediately to any correspondence, requiring or requesting information or relating to previous decisions of the Council but not correspondence requiring an opinion to be taken by the Council or its Committees
- Authorisation of routine expenditure in accordance with Financial Regulations (Budgetary Control and Authority to Spend)
- Preparation and submission of comments to Planning Applications and County Planning Committee where the Council’s agreed stance is known
- Receive declarations of acceptance of office
- Receive and record members’ interests
- Receive and retain plans and documents
- Sign notices or other documents on behalf of the Council
- Receive copies of bye-laws made by a primary local authority
- Certify copies of any bye-laws made by the Council
- Sign summons to attend meetings of the Council
- Coxhoe Parish Council Delegation Scheme
- To institute and appear in any legal proceedings authorised by the Council.
In addition, the Clerk has the delegated authority to undertake the following matters on behalf of the Council:
- Day to day administration of services together with routine inspection and control
- Implement national pay awards and conditions of service in line with the National Joint Council Scheme of Conditions of Service as amended by Local Agreement
- Issuing press releases and statements to the press on the Council’s known policies
- To make routine and operational decisions in relation to the provision of allotments and other Parish Council services
- To make operational and routine decisions relating to the provision of the Council’s services for young people, in discussion with the relevant Staff and Volunteers, including managing the methods and risk of provision and implementation of good practice measures to run safe, enjoyable services
- To act as the Council’s designated Officer for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and all data protection legislation and to respond to all requests appropriately
- Disposal of Council records according to legal restrictions and the Council’s Record Management Policy.
Staffing and Volunteers
The Clerk will deal with operational Human Resource issues and other contractual matters and will have delegated authority to make all decisions relating to staff and their employment, except recruiting, termination and where the matter falls under a specific Council policy or Committee Terms of Reference.
The Clerk will provide line management for staff and will regularly monitor the operation of services and management. Staff will be line managed in accordance with the Council’s structure.
The Clerk is delegated to recruit and manage Volunteers, and support other staff to manage Volunteers, to support existing Council activity.
The Clerk is delegated to take action on any issue of such urgency, that it cannot wait until the next normal Council meeting. If circumstances permit, the Clerk would normally be expected to consult the Chair (or Vice Chair if the Chair is unavailable) and take their views into account. It is expected that they will consider whether the matter is of sufficient interest to justify the summoning of an extraordinary meeting of a Council or the appropriate Committee.
The Clerk is delegated to incur expenditure on behalf of the Council which is necessary to carry out any repair, replacement or other work which is of such extreme urgency that it must be done at once, whether or not there is any budgetary provision for the expenditure, subject to a limit of £500.00. Further, the Clerk is delegated to take any action regarding minor repairs (up to a cost of £ 500.00) and to report minor matters to the relevant authority such as the County Council. The Clerk is expected to report the urgent matter to the next meeting of the Council.
Chronicle, Website and Social Media
The Clerk and Councillors are delegated to produce the quarterly Chronicle in accordance with the Council’s known wishes and policies at the time. All Councillors must be able to view the draft before it is sent to print.
The Clerk and the Web Admin Volunteer are delegated to update and amend the Council’s website and social media accounts in accordance with the Council’s known wishes and policies at the time.
Committees are delegated to make decisions within their Terms of Reference, the law and all Council policies.
Working groups may be formed by resolution of the council or committee at any time. The work of such a working group shall be formed by means of a minute detailing the working group’s terms of reference.
Where working groups are established they will be convened by their lead member and maintain their own notes which shall be reported in full to the relevant Committee or full Council. They are advisory bodies only with no delegated decision making powers. Officer(s) will attend by invitation only as ad hoc advisor(s).
Limitations to Delegation
All decisions taken under delegated authority will be in accordance with the Council’s Standing Orders and Financial regulations and this Scheme of Delegation, and where applicable any other rules and regulations and legislation. All decisions will be reported to the first appropriate Council meeting. The Council may delegate the power to make individual decisions on individual items to the Proper Officer.