Local councils, unlike principal authorities are not required by law to adopt a constitution, however they do need to adopt Standing Orders and Financial Regulations and to have other governing documents which set out how the council operates.
The Standing Orders are the "rule book" for the routine conduct of Parish Council business and are based on the statutory procedures laid out in the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12, paragraph 42. Nelson Town Council use the standard template drawn up by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) tailored, where appropriate, to the business needs of the Council.
The financial regulations govern the conduct of financial management by the Council and may only be amended or varied by resolution of the Council. The council is responsible in law for ensuring that its financial management is adequate and effective and that the council has a sound system of financial control which facilitates the effective exercise of the council’s functions, including arrangements for the management of risk and for the prevention and detection of fraud and corruption. These financial regulations are designed to demonstrate how the council meets these responsibilities.
Policies and procedures are also adopted which set out how council decisions are made, and the procedures which are followed to ensure these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local residents.
This page provides links to the Town Council’s Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, Scheme of Delegation and other adopted policies and procedures which are listed below.