S.P.C. Standing Orders October 2023



  1. Full Council (Ordinary) meetings
  2. Annual Meetings
  3. Standing Committees / sub-committees
  4. Voting
  5. Proper Officer
  6. Resolutions with notice
  7. Resolutions without notice
  8. Rescission of Previous Resolution
  9. Rules of Debate
  10. Revision of Revocation of Standing Orders
  11. Discussions relating to Employees.
  12. Model Code of Conduct and Declarations of Interest
  13. Freedom of Information
  14. Delegated Powers
  15. Finance
  16. Standing Orders

Record of Revisions:

11.06.02- 30.5.19 Archived. Details with Parish Office.

27.4.21 Review of Standing Orders and amendment to 2.2, 12.1, 12.2, 14.6, 14.7.

02.6.21 Notification of adherence to NALC Financial Regulations

14.6.22 Review of standing orders, addition of 3.9, amendment to 15.4 & deletion of 15.5.

10.10.23 Addition of “working” 5.8.(1)

Model Code of Conduct: addition of 12.3

Delegated powers: £10.00 amended to £20.00 “receipts provided” added 14.7

Finance 15.1. addition of “three” to different banks. Addition of the sentence

“The current account to hold no more than a half of the annual precept at any one time.”

Delete “A reserve account can be held at the same bank taking the overall monies held to

no more than half the precept” & add “The third bank to hold ear marked funds & business

reserve in separate accounts.”


1.1 In an election year, the annual meeting of the council shall be held on or within 14 days following the day on which the new councillors elected take office.

1.2 Meetings of the council will start at 7.15pm on the second Tuesday of every month except August unless the Council decides otherwise at a previous meeting.

1.3 Times for the meetings of Standing Committees, sub-committees etc will be as published.

1.4 In the absence of the Chair, a person must be elected to preside at a meeting and will assume all the powers and duties of the Chairman for that meeting.

1.5 The Clerk should be present at every Council, Committee or sub-committee meeting except for the Employment Committee meetings.

1.6 Meetings shall be open to the public unless their presence is prejudicial to the public interest by reason of

the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons in which case the

following is read:

RESOLVED: That as publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business which would involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

1.7 All meetings to have a period of up to fifteen minutes set aside for public participation.

1.8 The Clerk shall afford to the press reasonable facilities for taking their report of any proceedings at which they are entitled to be present.

1.9 If a member of the public interrupts the proceedings at any meeting, the Chair may, after a warning, order that s/he be removed from the room.

1.10 A quorum shall be one third of the membership. 

1.11 The Clerk must issue a summons no less than three days prior to the meeting either by post or email. Councillors must agree to accept the summons by these means.


2.1 At each Annual Meeting held on the second Tuesday in May, the first business shall be to elect a Chair and (if required) Vice Chair, subject to the following:

2.2 A member who has held the office of Chair for a year may be elected for a further year but ideally should not serve for a third consecutive year unless circumstances dictate otherwise.

2.3 The Chair’s / (Vice Chair’s) declaration of acceptance of office is to be received.

2.4 The Parish Council may pay the Chair an honorarium for the purpose of enabling them to meet the expenses of their office such allowance as the Council thinks reasonable.

2.5 In an election year, all declarations of office are to be received (See also 12.2).

2.6 If the person presiding at an Annual Meeting of the Parish Council is technically no longer a Member of the Council, then s/he may not give an original vote in an election for Chair but must give a casting vote in the event of an equality of votes.

2.7 The Parish Council will hold an Annual Parish meeting between 1st March and 1St June inclusive for all community organisations and residents within the parish.


3.1 The Council shall have the power to appoint or disband Committees.

3.2 Every Committee meeting immediately following the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council must elect a Chair, who will hold office until the next Annual Meeting. See also 1.3

3.3 The Chair of Council / Committee may summon an additional meeting of a Committee at any time. An additional meeting can also be summoned on the requisition in writing of not less than a quarter of the members of the Committee. The summons shall set out the business to be transacted at that meeting.

3.4 Any Council member can be present and, at the invitation of the Chair, may participate at meetings of any Committee of which they are not a member, but they may not vote unless they are Chair or Vice Chair of the Full Council.

3.5 Every Committee may appoint sub-committees for purposes to be specified by the Committee or may disband or subsume any sub-committee if it so chooses.

3.6 The Committee may call on or co-opt (for a particular agenda issue) another person with specialist knowledge. That person can, but need not, be a councillor and any expenditure made in engaging an outside appointment must be pre-approved at Full Council or by determination as at 14.1.

3.7 Preferably, all Committee meetings are to be held at least one clear week prior to a Full Council meeting to enable recommendations to be included on the Full Council Agenda.

3.8 Any other business (A.O.B) is permitted on Committee agendas.

3.9 Sub Committee & working group meetings may be held remotely or hybrid.


4.1 Members shall vote by show of hands or, if at least two members so request, by ballot.

4.2 The Chair may have an original vote on any matter put to the vote, and in the case of an equality of votes may give a casting vote even if s/he did not cast an original vote.

4.3 If a member so requires, the Clerk shall record the names of the members who voted on any question to show whether they voted for or against it.


5.1 Where a statute, regulation or order confers functions or duties on the proper officer of the Council in the following cases, it shall be the Clerk.

5.2 To receive declarations of acceptance of office.

5.3 To record declarations of interest.

5.4 To receive and retain plans and documents.

5.5 To sign notices, summonses, or other documents on behalf of the Council.

5.6 To receive copies of bylaws made by the District Council.

5.7 In the absence of the Clerk or substitute officer, the proper officer shall be the Chair.

5.8 The Proper Officer shall:

i. At least three clear working days before a meeting of the council, a committee or a sub-committee serve on councillors, by delivery or post at their residences, a signed summons confirming the time, place and the agenda.


A least three clear working days before a meeting of the council, a committee or a sub-committee serve on councillors a summons, by email, confirming the time, place and the agenda provided any such email contains the electronic signature and title of the Proper Officer and that the Councillor’s acceptance of electronic summons has been registered.

ii. Give public notice of the time, place and agenda at least three clear working days before a meeting of the council or a meeting of a committee or a sub-committee (provided that the public notice with agenda of an extraordinary meeting of the council convened by councillors is signed by them).


6.1 Except as provided by these Standing Orders, no resolution may be moved unless the business to which it relates has been put on the Agenda by the Clerk.

6.2 Every resolution or recommendation shall be relevant to some subject over which the Council has power or which affects its area.

6.3 A resolution or amendment shall not be determined other than by a vote, following a seconded proposal.


7.1 To correct and approve the Minutes (corrections to be noted in the next set of minutes).

7.2 To deal with business expressly required by statute to be done.

7.3 To vary the order of business.

7.4 To close or adjourn a debate.

7.5 To refer a matter to Committee.

7.6 To approve the payments list.

7.7 To authorise the signing of documents.

7.8 To adjourn the meeting.

7.9 To suspend any Standing Order except those which are mandatory by law.


8.1 A decision of the Council shall not be reversed within 6 months except either by a special resolution or by a written notice signed by at least 5 members of the Council.

8.2 When a special resolution or any other resolution moved under the provisions of the above paragraph of this order has been disposed of, no similar resolution may be moved within a further 6 months, unless these Standing Orders are suspended.


9.1 A member shall speak on the matter under discussion or to a point of order.

9.2 Members shall address the Chair.

9.3 The ruling of the Chair on a point of order shall not be discussed.

9.4 Whenever the Chair speaks during a debate all other members shall be silent.

9.5 No member may persistently disregard the ruling of the Chair, wilfully obstruct business, or behave irresponsibly, offensively or improperly thereby bringing the Council into contempt or ridicule.

9.6 If, in the opinion of the Chair, a member has broken the provisions of the previous paragraph the Chair can advise that member that s/he will no longer be heard or that s/he should leave the meeting.

9.7 Where a written report has been presented to the Council or any of its Committees, the recommendation is to be put to a vote following any discussion of the report.


10.1 Any part of the Standing Orders shall, when proposed and seconded, stand adjourned for adoption at the next ordinary meeting of the Council.


11.1 If at a meeting there arises any question relating to the appointment, conduct, promotion, dismissal, salary or conditions of service of any person employed by the Council, the press, public and the employee concerned shall be excluded.

11.2 In every year not later than the meeting at which the estimates for the next year are settled, the Council shall review the pay and conditions of service of existing employees.

11.3 Where not defined in Employment Law, employment issues will be considered by an Employment Committee for recommendation to Full Council.


12.1 Members are required by the provisions of the Localism Act 2011 to sign up to the Code of Conduct accepted by the Council when signing the Declaration of Acceptance.

12.2 Members are required to declare their interests (in a register), this information to be retained by the Monitoring Officer. Members may apply for blanket dispensation to speak and/or vote at meetings on items in which they have an interest for a specified period of time. This declaration of interest to last for the full term of office.

12.3 A register of approval dispensations will be held by the Clerk.


13.1 All documents as specified in the Council’s declaration to the Information Commissioners shall be open to the public.

13.2 Requests for sight of sensitive information may fall within the rules governing Data Protection.

13.3 A discretionary charge may be made for requests under the Freedom of Information Act. This fee to be set by Council in line with LDC charges.

13.4. The Clerk is the designated Data Protection Officer and is monitored by the Data Protection Service of Staffordshire County Council.


14.1 Should the need arise for an immediate action and Full Council cannot be consulted, the Chair of the Council may after consultation with the Vice Chair, 1 Committee Chair and the Clerk institute a course of action in the best interests of the Council. This consultation may be made without notice but any decision made must be deemed lawful and a full account and report must be made to Full Council at its next meeting. If any decision is deemed not lawful, the Clerk shall refer the matter to Full Council and no action shall be taken in the interim.

14.2 When Council is in recess, the Finance Committee shall be authorised to approve payments up to £1000.00 falling due during that period.

14.3 Standing Committees may take decisions on matters which fall within their remit as defined in their adopted Terms of Reference.

14.4 The Full Council authorises their standing committees to determine responses to Lichfield District

Council in respect of planning applications in the event that their meeting does, but the following Full Council meeting does not, fall within the time window for submission of comment. In such cases observation should be gained from all Members of the affected Ward and its NP lead either by their attendance to the meeting or by circulated email comment.

14.5 When Council is in recess, the Neighbourhood Planning and Property Committee shall be authorised to approve responses, falling due to LDC, on planning applications.

14.6 The Clerk is authorised to approve payments or expenditure up to the sum of £750.00 with notification to Council as soon as is practicable thereafter, all appropriate receipts submitted & financial records updated. These transactions must not total more than £5,000.00 in any one financial year.

14.7 The Clerk may reclaim sundry expenses for cleaning materials, coffee, tea for office use up to a value of £20.00 each month- receipts provided.


15.1 In order to mitigate any potential losses should a bank fail; Shenstone Parish Council will hold accounts with a minimum of three different banks. The current account to hold no more than a half of the annual precept at any one time. The balance, half the precept to be held on deposit at a different bank. The third bank to hold ear marked funds & business reserve in separate accounts.

15.2 The precept to be paid into the current account and transferred out as soon as possible following receipt of the money.

15.3 Telephone and On-line banking to be set up with all banks.

15.4 Payment by BACS transfer is preferred or telephone banking in exceptional circumstances.

15.5 All bank accounts and transactions to be reconciled monthly and checked by the Finance Chair with an audit trail of checks retained.

15.6 The Parish Council adhere to the current approved NALC Financial Regulations


16.1 The Proper Officer shall provide a copy of the Council’s standing orders to a councillor upon delivery of his declaration of acceptance of office.

    1. The Chair’s decision as to the application of standing orders at meetings shall be final.


17.1 A person who attends a meeting is permitted to report on the meeting whilst the meeting is

open to the public. To “report” means to film, photograph, make an audio recording of

meeting proceedings, use any other means for enabling persons not present to see or hear

the meeting as it takes place or later or to report or to provide oral or written commentary.

about the meeting so that the report or commentary is available as the meeting takes place

or later to persons not present.


Ordinary meetings: pre-planned Full Council / Standing Committee meetings.

Standing Committees: e.g. Neighbourhood Planning & Property, Finance & Legal etc.

Sub-Committees: a working party / task group created by Standing Committees.

Annual Meeting: held on the 2nd Tuesday in May to elect a new Chairman.

Annual Parish Meeting: a Community Forum open to all parishioners and local organisations to be held annually between 1st March and 1st June inclusive.

Point of Order: A point of order would be called if deviation is made from the subject being discussed.

To: Staffordshire Parish Council Association for review – REVIEWED & APPROVED

To: Shenstone Parish Council – REVIEWED & APPROVED 10th Oct 2023

Signed: Date:10.10.23