If I have evidence of the Council not operating within its Financial Regulations, what can I do about it?
e.g. bad debt is being written-off by the Finance Committee, despite the current FRs stating specifically that the authority for writing-off bad debt cannot be delegated - the Town Clerk has admitted this in an open session of the Council.
I believe that most town and parish councils have FRs that state that bad debt write-off must be done by Full Council and cannot be delegated (in line with the NALC national guidelines).
One long-standing councillor argued that bad debt is a sensitive issue and should be done in private session and therefore should be done by the Finance Committee. I was astonished by this argument.
The Council is now proposing to remove any reference to bad debt in its latest review of FRs which I am trying to resist. Unfortunately many councillors seem very blasé about the FRs.
Bad debt is not the only area where the current FRs are being ignored - and the proposed FRs would legitimise the current regime.
Is this something I could raise with the Monitoring Officer? (it seems to take ages for the MO to respond to complaints, by which time the new FRs might be in place and the complaint will possibly be regarded as trivial).