Follow us on Twitter

Can the chairman of the parish council spend money without discussing it at a meeting?

0 votes
by (220 points)

5 Answers

0 votes
I wanted to give a one word answer but the system won't let me.

The answer is - No
by (2.3k points)
0 votes
No, No, No, No and No
by (1.8k points)
0 votes
Only if pre-approved by the Councillors at a meeting.
by (1.8k points)
0 votes
We had a Chair who insisted he had a discretion to spend up to £250 without needing any discussion or authorisation.
by (1.9k points)
0 votes
No councillor, chairman or otherwise, has authority to spend money or indeed to do anything unless specifically authorised to do so by resolution of the council.  However, some authorities allocate a "chairman's allowance" to their chairs which is designed to cover any additional expenses associated with the role.  HMRC take the view that this is a "benefit" and should be paid via the payroll system and taxable unless it is only used for expenses such as travel (to outside meetings, where applicable), stationery, etc.
I've noticed that one local council nearby has a "chairman's petty cash".  I've no idea where the authority is for that!
by (2.8k points)
Would a chair's allowance cover alcohol?

Welcome to Town & Parish Councillor Q&A, where you can ask questions and receive answers from other members of the community. All genuine questions and answers are welcome. Follow us on Twitter to see the latest questions as they are asked - click on the image button above or follow @TownCouncilQA. Posts from new members may be delayed as we are unfortunately obliged to check each one for spam. Spammers will be blacklisted.

You may find the following links useful:

We have a privacy policy and a cookie policy.

Google Analytics Alternative