Without policies or procedures the Council must comply with legislative requirements but can leave itself open to challenges over resolutions and many questions which could be very problematic. For example, if you do not have a grant policy, there would be no upper or lower limit to the amount of grant that can be awarded, no limit to the number of grants that could be awarded and no means by which to assess if the grant should or should not be awarded. It would be a question of putting grant applications to full council meetings for a yes or no resolution whereas a policy might suggest which committee makes an assessment and shares it with full council. With no staff development policy, there would be no formal route for staff to seek training or approval to take exams - any proposals would have to be put to full council and they would have to resolve or reject with no guidelines to work from, e.g. relevance of course, value for money whether or not the training benefits the whole council etc.