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Codicote Parish Council Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Closes 3rd September

The Parish of Codicote is located in North Hertfordshire and includes the villages of Codicote and Rabley Heath, along with various hamlets. The parish has a tax base of 1,682, an electorate of 2,179 and a turnover of around £127,000 p.a.

Applications are invited for the post of Clerk to the Council, which includes the role of Responsible Financial Officer. This is a part time, permanent vacancy for around 25 hours per week (subject to review). The role can be office or home based. Where necessary, home office equipment will be provided.

Salary scale will be subject to experience and qualification, plus pension and, where required, a home working and equipment allowance. The role will include preparation for and attendance at evening meetings, agendas and minutes for these meetings together with providing comprehensive administration support, procedural advice, and managing staff (currently 2 part-time) and contractors.

The clerk is the Responsible Financial Officer and as such will be responsible for all financial records of the council and the careful administration of its finances and preparation of budgets, the AGAR and liaising with internal and external auditors. The council is planning to switch to a new accounting software package and training will be provided.

The clerk is also the webmaster for the council website (, and is responsible for content, but hosting is outsourced together with most maintenance and site administration tasks.

The ideal candidate will be CiLCA (Certificate in Local Council Administration) qualified or willing to work towards this qualification, with a working knowledge of local government procedures, excellent communication skills, IT literate and a flexible approach with regards to the needs of the job. The clerk is required to give advice to councillors on parish council law and procedure.

Codciote parish council owns several play areas and recreation grounds, a sports field with cricket and football pitches, changing rooms and a spectator stand and provides allotments.

To apply for the position, please contact the acting clerk, Tom Brindley by email:

The closing date for applications is Friday, 3rd September 2021. The anticipated start date is October 2021.

Posted: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:47 by Sue Campbell

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