Information on Parish Clerks, including contact details.
The Parish Council Clerk is the 'engine' of an effective parish council. He or she is its main adviser and, for the majority of smaller parish councils, is the officer responsible for the administration of its financial affairs.
- is sometimes a council's only employee;
- Is required to give clear guidance to Councillors before decisions are reached;
- Has a key role in advising the council, and Councillors, on governance, ethical and procedural matters;
- Must also liaise with the Monitoring Officer at the district council on ethical issues and the Councillors' Register of Interests;
- Is normally responsible for advising the council on staffing provision and managing the recruitment process in larger councils;
- May also carry out the role of the Finance Officer in smaller councils. However, it is common, especially in larger councils, for a separate Responsible Finance Officer to be appointed and given specific duties relating to the budget, annual accounts and audit to ensure proper financial management and transparency;
- May be encouraged by their councils to seek professional recognition for the work that they do. A qualified Clerk is one of several pre-requisites for a parish council achieving Quality Council status and also in becoming a council eligible to exercise the power of well-being.
- May be a Councillor in an emergency (e.g. to cover a temporary vacancy) This must be unpaid. However, it is not good practice for Councillors to do this, as it confuses Officer/Member roles.
PLEASE NOTE - UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT WE ARE UNABLE TO DISCLOSE PARISH CLERKS' DATA WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT, SO SOME CONTACT INFORMATION MAY BE MISSING FROM THE PUBLIC DOCUMENT. If you cannot find the contact details for the Parish or Town Council you want, please contact the Committee Support Team on the details on the left hand side of this page.
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