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. So much of the statutory framework is common to all Councils: the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) publishes “model” documents on which Anglesey Parish bases their 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.