• The Town Mayor or parish council chairman is elected at the annual town or parish council meeting which is held every May.
  • They are elected by a majority vote of the councillors present.
  • The Mayor or chairman does not serve for the 4 year term of the council but must be elected each year.
  • The parish council chairman is a councillor with the same duties and obligations as all other councillors.
  • The Mayor or chairman has no special or super powers

 

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Does the parish council chairman have any special powers?

No councillor wants to stand as the parish council chairman?

Can any councillor be the parish council chairman?

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Can the parish council chairman make urgent decisions by himself?

Can Town or Parish Councils have a Leader?

Can Parish Councillors call a vote of no confidence in the Chairman?

When should the Parish Council Chairman stand down?

Can a parish council chairman vote?

 

Does the parish council chairman have any special powers?

  • The mayor or parish council chairman is a councillor with the same duties and obligations as all other councillors.
  • The parish council chairman is responsible for ensuring  that meetings of the parish council are run in an orderly manner and that the rules of debate are followed
  • They may object to the accuracy of the minutes and have the right for that to be minuted.
  • They cannot overturn a majority decision to accept the minutes as a true record.
  • Some chairman claim an allowance to meet out of pocket expenses.

 

No councillor wants to stand as the parish council chairman?

  • Legally a town or parish council must have a mayor or chairman.
  • This is the first item of business at the annual parish council meeting.
  • No other business may be conducted until a chairman has been elected by the councillors present.
  • Without a chairman no business of any kind may be legally undertaken by the parish council this includes the authorisation of any payments.
  • The parish clerk cannot chair parish council meetings as they are the proper officer and an employee of the council.
  • If the clerk chairs any meeting the meetings are void.
  • The position of Chairman cannot be shared amongst councillors as a special "Acceptance of Office" form MUST be completed, signed and returned to the principal authority monitoring officer.
  • At subsequent meetings if the chairman or deputy chairman is not present the councillors must elect a councillor from those present to chair that meeting.

  

Can any councillor be the parish council chairman?

  • The annual parish council meeting must be held in May each year.
  • This meeting should not be confused with the annual meeting of the parish.
  • Town councils may have a Mayor whilst parish councils have a chairman.
  • Legally no town or parish council can have a leader.
  • The election of the chairman must be the first item of business at the annual parish council meeting.
  • Town and parish council meetings cannot proceed without a chairman.
  • There is no time requirement to be the parish council chairman.
  • Any councillor may be the Mayor or Chairman if elected by the other councillors.
  • They must of course be a parish councillor.
  • It is wise to call for a secret ballot or vote to prevent one person being chairman for many years.

BPG 06 A CPALC Best Practice Guide to the Annual Parish Council Meeting and Agenda

 

Can the parish council chairman make urgent decisions by himself?

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