The need for the accurate recording of apologies and reasons for absence at Town and Parish Council meetings is not an idle bureaucratic whim

  • Councillors are legally summoned to all Council, committee and sub-committee meetings in writing
  • In too many council meetings the absence of a member is glossed over and another councillor gives the apologies for the council member who is not present whether the reason is known or not

This short guide is an introduction to the need for accurate recording and approval of councillors absences or failure to attend meeting. It is intended for residents, clerks and councillors.


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Different Types of Absence

Reason for absence

Whose Responsibility

Consequences of failing to record accurately



This guide is indicative and not definitive, it is not intended to be a comprehensive list of legal requirements.


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