What is the role of the 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 Clerk to the Council is the Proper Officer of the Council and as such is under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions, and in particular to serve or issue all the notifications required by law of a local Authority’s Proper Officer.

The Clerk is expected to advise the Council on, and assist in the formation of, overall policies to be followed in respect of the Authority’s activities and in particular to produce all the information required for making effective decisions and to implement constructively all decisions.

The Clerk to Cranfield Parish Council is the Responsible Financial Officer and responsible for all financial records of the Council and the careful administration of its finances.  This means the clerk is repsonsible for ensuring that sufficient money is available to enable the council to function.

The clerk is also responsible for paying bills, maintaining accounts to the required standards and also dealing with the internal and external audits that take place each year. 

 

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