I seek advice.
I have concerns with how our clerk conducts business.
In a typical parish or town, I understand that it is not uncommon for the clerk to prepare the annual budget showing options of 0%, 2%, and 5% increase of the precept. The councillors decide how the budget should be allocated and then chose a precept increase to match.
However, with our council, the clerk prepares the budget, declaring how the budget should be allocated, stating what the precept should be. The councillors simply vote to make the budget law.
I have issue with this in that councillors being elected to represent their communities have no actual part in developing where we live.
It is common knowledge between the residents that we have a dsyfunctional council and probably the worst performing council in the whole of the county.
Other facts that I have learned is that our council has three employees where other councils that serve a similar population size have over ten employees. Our clerk has a discretionary spending limit of £10k and earns in excess of £50k, and many other clerks that I have spoken with have said this is unheard of.
Given my understanding of how the budget is presented to council and brought into law I can only imagine personnel bisiness is done in a simlar way. At last budge the clerk's wages were increased by 10% and I do not believe a single councillor was aware of this when it was brought into law.
How can we complain about this?
How can we have our clerk investigated?
I believe the result of what is achieved meets statutory financial regulations in receiving an AGAR with no cautionaries, and statutory law in accordance with the local governments act.
It seems the concillors have been marginalised who would normally be the ones to apply checks and ballances.
Is there an outside body that can perform an investigation?
Thank you for taking the time to read my post :)