The Town or Parish Council Clerk is usually the "proper officer" to the council which is a part of local government.
- Town and Parish Councils are not
- private clubs,
- charities or
- residents associations.
- The role of the proper officer is to provide competent legal advice to the council and implement the decisions of the Council.
- The Clerk may also be the RFO (Responsible Finance Officer) if they are competent and have appropriate and relevant skills.
- There is NO legal requirement that the Clerk also be the RFO.
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- The Clerk is a paid employee of the Parish Council which as an employer; as such, it must abide by employment law and should apply good employment practice.
- However the government has been keen to promote the disclosure of council executives pay.
- There are 2 very simple ways to find out how much the parish clerk costs.
- All payments must be approved by the parish council and minuted, including any payments to the clerk.
- So just ask for copies of the minutes.
- This method will work for small councils and will give you a reasonable idea of the amounts involved.
- The second method is to ask for copies of the parish council accounts for the period ended 31st March.
- These should disclose the amounts paid.
- This will not work where a council employs many staff.
- However where a council pays a member of staff above a certain amount this must be disclosed.
- It is very unlikely that a small parish council will pay above this threshold amount.
- Yes the salary or pay scale for a parish clerk can be based on the publicly available NJC (National Joint Council) pay scales.
- It must be remembered that a Parish Council can pay the Clerk what it wishes provided that the amount is at least equal to the national minimum wage.
- The difficulty is determining where within the scale should the salary be fixed?
- This depends upon the job content and may only be accurately determined by a Job Evaluation.
- The CPALC PayCheck service is simple and affordable taking 10 to 20 minutes.
- It scores the role of a clerk enabling a quick lookup to find out the annual and hourly pay rate.
- The service is independent and the results are available immediately - No weeks of waiting.
There are 4 broad scales defined by the precept and other income of the parish council.
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