Responsible Finance Officer (RFO)

  1. The Responsible Finance Officer is a statutory office and appointed by the Council. The Clerk of the Council will take on this role of managing the Council’s financial affairs in accordance with Proper Practices.

Estimates and Precept

  1. The RFO will compile estimates of income and expenditure annually for the Council’s
  2. The Council will review the budget not later than the end of December in preparation for the precept being agreed, and submitted to the Collection Authority in January. During the year the budget will be reviewed against actual expenditure and Amendments to the budget will be discussed in Council and changes minuted.

Income and Expenditure

  1. The RFO will supply regular updates of income and expenditure throughout the year and detail actual figures against estimate. Significant underspends or overspends will be brought to the attention of the Council and action taken to address any discrepancies. Underspent revenue will be identified and earmarked to reserves by a Council resolution.

Accounting and Audit

  1. The RFO will determine all accounting procedures and financial records of the Council in accordance with the Accounts and Audit Regulations.
  2. The RFO will complete the annual financial statements of the Council including the annual return as soon as practicable after the end of the financial year and will submit and report on them to the Council. The Council will review each year and ensure that there is an adequate, effective system of internal audit of the Council’s accounting, financial and other procedures in line with Proper Practice.
  3. An Internal Auditor will be appointed by the Council to carry out the work required to comply with the Proper Practice. The person appointed will be competent and independent of the operation of the Council.
  4. The RFO will submit the Annual Return to the External Auditor by the due date, ensuring the return is

Banking Arrangements and Cheques

  1. The Council’s banking arrangements, including the Bank Mandate, will be made by the RFO and approved by the Council. They will be regularly reviewed for efficiency.
  2. A resolution of the Council will nominate at least three members to be authorised by the Council to sign
  3. All items of expenditure will be authorised by the Council and the payments approved. The RFO will examine invoices and verify and certify the Cheques will be completed for all transactions and signed by two authorized Councillors.
  4. Any utility bill may be paid by Direct Debit provided that the instructions are signed by two authorised

Loans and Investments

  1. All loans and investments will be negotiated in the name of the Council and will be set for a period approved by the Council.
  2. All borrowings will be in the name of the Council and will not be entered into until necessary approvals have been Any application will be approved by Council, especially the terms and purpose. These terms must be reviewed annually.
  3. All investments of money under the control of the Council will be in the name of the Council and all certificates or other documents will be retained by the RFO.

Contracts and Purchase Orders

  1. An official order or letter will be issued for all work or service paid for by the Council. All Councillors and officers are responsible for obtaining good value for money at all An officer placing an order on behalf of the Council will ensure that good value and appropriate terms are obtained for the transaction.
  2. Orders for values £500 to £2000 require a minimum of two quotations; for values above £2000 three quotations are Contracts exceeding £50,000 require additional safeguards and will follow Proper Practice.
  3. All estimates will be approved by the Council; while the Council is not obliged to accept the lowest quotation the reasons for accepting the quotation will be recorded.


  1. The RFO will ensure that an appropriate and accurate Register of Assets is maintained by the It will be reviewed at least annually in conjunction with a health and safety inspection of assets if appropriate.


  1. The RFO will promptly complete any VAT Return that is Any repayment claim due in accordance with the VAT Act 1974 section 33 will be made at least annually coinciding with the financial year.