Most of the recommendations and best practice models in the report are well thought out and would bring benefits to the sector. The most significant, for Town and Parish Councils, is the enhanced role of the Principal Authority's Monitoring Officer, but the Principal Authorities are likely to oppose this. It's extra work, a can of worms, for no reward, at a time when they are trying to divest themselves of unnecessary responsibility.
Compulsory qualifications for clerks would simply drive more people out of a profession that already struggles to meet the demand. It's probably hugely beneficial in a Town or larger Parish Council, but until the role is valued in the way it should be, it's unneccesary in a small parish. Is there another sphere of employment in which a level 3 qualification is a minimum requirement for a job worth £3,000 or less a year?
Graeme mentioned referenda over precept rises. The reason we fight this proposal is that a referendum costs about £1,500, which may be more than the proposed precept rise for a council with a precept of under £10,000. From time to time, it may be both necessary and prudent to increase the precept by more than 100%. It sounds a lot, but might only equate to 30p per household per week. Percentages are meaningless when the sums involved are so small.