All Parish Council business and meetings are conducted in accordance with legislation governing the conduct of Parish Councils (the main piece of legislation being the Local Government Act 1972).
In addition the Parish Council business is conducted in accordance with Standing Orders and Financial Procedures, which are revised annually in light of national guidelines on best practice.
Three core documents govern how the Parish Council operates:
- the Standing Orders
- the Code of Conduct
- the Financial Regulations
Whilst these documents are adopted by the Parish Council, many of the provisions within them are required by statute, so they cannot be changed by the Parish Council and they must be followed by the Parish Council.
The Parish Council has also adopted a series of policies and procedures which set out how the Parish Council operates. Again, some of these reflect statutory requirements or are the law under which public bodies operate. Others reflect best practice in terms of ensuring good and transparent governance by the Parish Council.
All of these documents are reviewed regularly, at least once in the term of a parish council (i.e. at least once every four years).