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What Are "Standing Orders"?

Standing Orders are the rules of a local council and are a necessity to regulate the meetings. They are not a policy of the Council but may make reference to specific policies or other governing documents.

Local councils operate within a  statutory framework and the Standing Orders make reference to these requirements. The document may only refer to the statute; its impractical to detail all the obligations under all statutes. Given that so much of the statutory framework is common to all Coucnils the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) publishes “model” documents on which we base our personalised ones.

There is one area of a council’s work that is so large that it warrants its own set of standing orders. The financial affairs and accounting procedures are regulated by the Financial Regulations.