The role of the parish council clerk
The role of Clerk is to ensure that the Council as a whole conducts its business properly and to provide independent, objective and professional advice and support.
The council are advised by a Clerk who is there to see that business is conducted within the law.
A brief summary of the clerks role includes:
- ensuring that the council conducts its business lawfully
- administering all the council’s paperwork
- ensuring that meeting papers are properly prepared and the public is aware of meeting times
- implementing the council’s decisions
- overseeing the implementation of projects
- supervising staff (if any)
- keeping property registers and other legal documents
- keeping up to date by training /qualification
- managing the annual budget for Council and its committees, and preparing financial statements as required.
- monitoring and balancing the Council’s accounts and preparing records for audit and VAT purposes.
- ensuring that correct financial records are kept and that internal checking regimes are established.
- receiving and reporting on invoices for goods and services to be paid for by the Council and ensure that such accounts are settled within due timescales.
- researching and bringing forward opportunities to apply for grants to support programme aspirations.
The Clerk for Above Derwent is a part time position, of 12 hours a week, and aims to respond to queries as soon as possible within office hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)