The parish council has an Emergency Committee made up of a quorum of councillors. The council also has a number of working parties and has lead councillors in a number of different areas see the Working Parties for more information.

A committee with delegated powers.

The Local Government Act 1972 s101 states a parish council can make

“Arrangements for discharge of function by local authorities

Subject to any express provision contained in this Act or any Act passed after this Act, a local authority may arrange for the discharge of any of their functions:

(a) by a Committee, a sub-committee or an officer of the authority, or

(b) by any other local authority “

The committee must comprise of enough members to form a quorum. This must be a third of the members or three whichever is the greater. The quorum for a committee can be set at a higher number. Decisions can be made in a committee of delegated powers if they fall within the terms of reference set out by the council of that committee and stay within the expenditure limits set.  However, there are some areas on which a committee cannot decide such as setting the precept and taking out a loan.

Working Parties

This  group cannot make decisions.

Strengths Weaknesses
Smaller committee means more debate and depth of information reviewed Issues would need to be discussed again at a full council
Could include experts outside of the parish council but will not be able to vote. Decisions may take longer

Working groups can work on a short-term basis for a specific purpose, for example a community event working party.

Strengths Weaknesses
Can involve more people e.g. young people and do not have to adhere to strict rules of a council meeting Decision making is not possible, and recommendations should be made to the full council for decision making.
Meetings do not have to be held in public Non-members cannot vote

Delegation of decision making to the clerk.

As stated above in LGA 1972 s101. The clerk/ proper officer is deemed to be professional, independent and objective and the only individual who can decide on behalf of the council. The clerk can make day to day decisions in line with the standing orders and the financial regulations that are agreed and recorded in a meeting.

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