Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and Scheme of Delegation

This page provides links to the Town Council's Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, Scheme of Delegation and other adopted Policies and Procedures which are available to download. 
Standing Orders

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.

Financial Regulations

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.

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. 

Policies and Procedures

The Council at it's Annual Meeting (held in May), is required to adopt it's Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, Scheme of Delegation in addition to other Council Policies and Procedures.

The Policies and Procedures (listed in the table) are adopted by the Council and set out how Council decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that efficient and transparent decisions are made that are accountable to local residents.

To download, click on the name of the document that you wish to view.