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  • Town and parish councils are employers and whilst the role of the clerk as the the proper officer is a statutory role (it is defined in law) they are an employee of the council
  • Their role is to provide legal advice and implement the decisions of the elected councillors who comprise the council
  • The clerk is not a member of the council and is answerable as is any employee to their employer
  • All officers and staff, including the clerk are employees of the council and are answerable to their employer, the council
  • The council should have publicly available complaints procedures on their website to deal with residents complaints

 

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Town and Parish Clerks and the Code of Conduct

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Complaints Procedure

Anti Corruption - Criminal Offence

 

Town and Parish Clerks and the Code of Conduct

  • As a statutory office holder the clerk is not covered by any code of conduct.
  • There is no need for this as all officers and employees are covered by the anti-corruption sections of the Local Government Act(s).
  • The current and previous codes of conduct only cover elected members of town and parish councils.
  • Elected members are councillors who have been elected or co-opted as members of the council.
  • The parish clerk is not an elected member of the council they are the statutory proper officer and employee of the council.
  • As such there is no need for them to be covered by the code of conduct.
  • As with all council employees their contract of employment should contain references to their behaviour, role and responsibility.
  • All councils as employers are covered by employment legislation.

 

Complaints Procedure

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