Standing Orders are the written rules of a local Council. They are used to confirm a Council’s internal organisational, administrative and procurement procedures and procedural matters for meetings. They are not the same as the policies of a Council but they may refer to them. A local Council must have standing orders for the procurement of contracts.
Meetings of Full Council, Councillors, the Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) and Proper Officer are subject to many statutory requirements. A Council should have standing orders to confirm those statutory requirements. A Council should have standing orders to control the number, place, quorum, notices and other procedures for committee and sub-committee meetings because these are subject to fewer statutory requirements.
The bold type indicates statutory requirements which Hambleton Parish Council (HPC) has adopted. For convenience, the word “Councillor” is used in these standing orders and includes a non-Councillor with or without voting rights unless otherwise stated.
These standing orders do not include HPC financial regulations. Financial regulations are standing orders to regulate and control the financial affairs and accounting procedures of a local Council. The financial regulations, as opposed to the standing orders of a Council, include most of the requirements relevant to the RFO.
Further Standing Orders and Policies will be displayed as they are approved by the Parish Council.