Scheme of Delegation – Exceptional Circumstances


  • The Councils Scheme of Delegation authorises the Clerk to the Council/Responsible Finance Officer and Standing Committees to act with delegated authority in the specific circumstances detailed.
  • This scheme of delegation is required by the Risk Management Scheme.
  • The level of expenditure is to be reviewed regularly by the council to include risks such as emergency property or equipment repair and renewal of council insurance policy.

Delegation to Clerk for Exceptional Circumstances

  1. The Council delegates authority to the Clerk in consultation with the Chairman and Vice Chairman or in exceptional circumstances without consultation where consultation has not been possible, to take any actions necessary with associated expenditure to protect the interests of the community and ensure council business continuity, informed by consultation with the available members of the council.
  2. This policy is to be an option of last resort, where to not take action may cause significant loss or risk.
  3. The limits of budgetary control and authority to spend in the Financial Regulations are raised to £1000, in the event of exceptional circumstances, in order to implement this scheme of delegation.

Revision History

Nov 2022

  • Introduction updated
  • Financial amounts highlighted for council resolution

Jan 2023 – v2.0

  • Council agreed exact wording for policy
  • Council agreed spending limit of £1000 for exceptional circumstances